Trump pushes ban on bump stocks as debate on gun rights continues

Trump pushes ban on bump stocks as debate on gun rights continues

Trump on Tuesday tweeted, "Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!"

"I'm here because my daughter has no voice". He sobbed after he described texting his family members during the shooting.

"The key in all of these efforts, as I said in my remarks the day after the shooting, is that we can not merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make a difference", he said. "Nobody wants to see a shootout in a school", Barden said.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly".

Trump also suggested ending gun-free school zones, opening more hospitals for the mentally ill and toughening background checks.

The meeting took place exactly one week after 17 people-including 14 students-were fatally shot at a Parkland, Florida high school. "I'm not going to sleep until it gets fixed".

President Trump, who sources tell ABC News has repeatedly said "we have to do something" in the wake of the Florida tragedy, announced on Tuesday that he directed his Justice Department to look into banning bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas shooting previous year.

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Those steps fall far short of what gun-control advocates have called for but would mark a change in course for Trump, who courted the support of gun rights groups during his 2016 presidential bid and has loosened gun ownership rules since taking office.

Claiming that allowing airline pilots to carry and hide guns had shown the move's success, the president suggested that teachers and coaches who are "very adept at using firearms" should also have concealed weapons, The Guardian reported. "That is where I go to see my kid now".

Zeif also talked emotionally about how he had recently turned his schoolwork around and even started to enjoy his last few years of high school before last week's shooting. There needs to be a significant change in this country.

The US president asked the Justice Department to outlaw the controversial gun modifiers, along with other devices that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire close to the rate of a machine gun.

On legislation drafted by state Senate President Bill Galvano, Stipanovich said, "None of these are necessarily earth-shaking, but all of them, at least in recent times, are unprecedented in the Florida Legislature". He said his government would look strongly into age-restrictions on weapons and better mental health support.

Trump said Tuesday has has signed a memo that directs the Justice Department to propose the regulations, which would "ban all devices" like bump stocks. The 19-year-old accused shooter used a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle.

Julia Cordover, one of the school's senior class presidents, fought back tears as she told Trump that she hoped "no person in this world will ever have to go through" a similar mass shooting again.

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