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Two reporters specifically asked Sanders why Trump seemed to back away from his earlier proposals which included raising the minimum purchase age for firearms. Such information could prevent someone from purchasing a gun if discovered during a background check.

On Sunday, March 11, the Trump administration unveiled broad proposals to address school safety in response to the February 14 Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"It's a small step in a much bigger movement that we have going here", student David Hogg said.

Trump backs legislation aimed at providing more data for the background check system: a database of people who are not legally allowed to buy guns. She described the plan as "pragmatic".

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, called the plan "weak on security and an insult to the victims of gun violence". "Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that", said Lily Eskelsen García, NEA president, in a statement. A person must be 21 to buy a handgun but may buy a long gun at 18 from a licensed dealer under federal law. But you can buy the kind of weapon used in the school shooting at 18. "So how does that make sense?" he told school officials last month, remarks that sparked a backlash from some Republican lawmakers and the powerful National Rifle Association.

As for age requirement, Trump said he will be "watching court cases and rulings before acting".

Robert Spitzer, an expert on the gun rights debate and chair of the political science department at the State University of New York, College at Cortland, foresaw no meaningful reform despite a "startling" campaign launched by student survivors in Florida.

The DeVos commission now does not have deadline to issue its recommendations, but a senior administration official explained this is an "urgent matter", and "we will be moving very promptly and urgently".

Beckett: Last night different White House officials repeatedly said as the president has said there's been too much talk on this issue, it's time for action.

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

President Trump tweeted his opposition to keeping schools gun-free Monday morning, as his administration rolled out a plan to harden schools against school shooters, including a recommendation to train teachers and staff to use firearms.

Several members of the "Cajun Navy", a volunteer group from Louisiana that conducted search-and-rescue efforts during the hurricanes, were also invited to the White House, as was Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, who opened the doors of his furniture store to those who had been displaced.

The tepid steps lessened the hopes of gun control advocates that Trump would take a stand in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

The massacre spurred officials in Washington to re-evaluate gun laws.

"Take the guns first, go through due process second". He said on Twitter: "Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House".

-President Trump supports the Cornyn-Murphy FixNICS legislation, which would require states to place adjudicated mental health information into the federal background check system.

The White House's plan, announced less than four weeks after the Valentine's Day school attack, will immediately establish a federal commission to explore other options as well. The Stop School Violence Act, another bipartisan proposal shepherded by Sen.

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