Gun control: Trump backflips on stricter measures, pushes to arm teachers

Gun control: Trump backflips on stricter measures, pushes to arm teachers

Rep. Stephanie Murphy said Tuesday she was at the table with President Donald Trump when he held his meeting on school safety and mocked lawmakers for being afraid of the National Rifle Association, and she finds it "disappointing" that his proposals on guns fall "way short" of what was expected.

The students' demands have gained the support of a wide array of groups, including other victims of gun violence, the activists who helped plan the Women's March in Washington, celebrities like actress Susan Sarandon, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The president's change in position demonstrates the very strong influence that the NRA continues to have over the White House despite public outcry following the shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida last month, where 17 people were shot dead.

The students warned the powerful gun lobby in their New York Times piece that they "are Generation Z, the generation after millennials.We outnumber them by almost one million and may be the largest cohort of future American spenders since the baby boomers". The tweet featured a photo of an AR-15 style rifle - the kind of gun used at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - emblazoned with an American flag sticker.

"This isn't about being aligned with one political party or another", they write.

Cox endorsed the STOP School Violence Prevention Act, which authorizes $100 million in Justice Department-administered grants per year to schools seeking training on how to identify potential threats, as well as for deterrent systems like metal detectors. "Clearly, the NRA was more persuasive than I was". Otherwise, nothing: not the universal background checks that are needed, no ban on weapons of war, not even an increase in the legal age to buy certain weapons, something Trump had said made sense but seems to have abandoned in the face of NRA opposition. And Trump is certainly no longer supporting an assault weapons ban, which he'd previously shown openness about.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the NRA spent $3.2m in lobbying in 2016, a little over $1m in campaign contributions to Republican candidates, and over $54m in "outside spending", which is money spent "against candidates" who do not favour gun ownership rights.

Trump met with NRA lobbyists in the Oval Office a few days later.

When Republican Senator Pat Toomey said he opposed raising the minimum age for gun purchases, Trump had sharp words for him.