Trump Backs Down From Big Changes to Gun Laws
After Florida shooting, President Trump stepped back from the changes he had considered regarding gun laws
The President will now support a more modest set of solutions to gun laws, and put major ones on pause after the country’s latest mass shooting that took place in Florida.
Trump supports the legislation proposed in Congress that aims to provide more data for the background check system, which is a database of people who are not allowed to aquire guns. The administration officials describe this plan as “pragamtic.”
Proposals such as raising the minimum age for getting a gun to 21 instead of 18, or the need of checking the guns that are bought at gun shows or on the internet will further be studied by a commission headed by the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
Even more, the Department of Justice will provide an amount of grants to the states that want to train teachers to carry guns in school. This idea is already in place in a a few states and is backed by the National Rifle Association.
In President’s Trump opinion, armed teachers would better protect students in case of a shooting.
Moreover, Trump has backed a ban on accessories that enable semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds a minute, also known as “bump stocks.” These were used in the deadliest mass shooting that took place in modern US history.
In the meetings that Trump had with the NRA, the President agreed with the suggestions to close loopholes for those who seek to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying a gun and seek ways to temporarily seize guns from those people who are tought to be dangerous.