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No need to fear NRA, Trump tells governors

No need to fear NRA, Trump tells governors No need to fear NRA, Trump tells governors
Patty Aguilar | 02 March, 2018, 08:31

During a bipartisan meeting with legislators Wednesday, President Donald Trump encouraged strong, "comprehensive" legislation and additions to the standing Manchin-Toomey bill, including raising the minimum age for firearms purchasing, hardening background checks, and eliminating gun-free zones. No bigger fan. I'm a big fan of the NRA.

US President Donald Trump stunned Republicans and appeased Democrats in a freewheeling White House meeting on gun control. Due to the National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsing Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - the earliest endorsement made by the NRA in history - the right to bear arms seems to be stationary.

"I will sign it", Trump said in a freewheeling hour-long discussion at the White House. "We're going to stop this nonsense'". Jeff Flake (R-AZ) insisted the President "must have misspoke", others said they heard Trump loud and clear and did not like what they heard. "I remain skeptical. I'm not convinced the benefits outweigh the costs".

'He surprised me, ' Democratic Senator Chris Murphy later told AFP. He added that only the president's power can supersede the influence of the millions of dollars injected from groups like the NRA.

And even in the case that gun-rights advocates hold up as definitive, District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court was silent on assault weapons, though the late Justice Antonin Scalia did observe that right to gun-ownership was "not unlimited."

"I'm going to write that out, because we can do that with an executive order ... we'll have that done pretty quickly, they're working on it right now, the lawyers", Trump said during a White House meeting, interrupting Sen. "If this meeting ends with vague notions of future compromise, nothing will happen". John Cornyn to improve background checks.

The Bill proposes penalising federal agencies that do not provide relevant information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system, the nationwide database that is checked when citizens purchase firearms from gun stores.

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Cornyn expressed the same skepticism earlier Tuesday in an interview with Bloomberg News. "He was less than honorably discharged from the military".

In a pre-meeting public letter, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY and other Democrats urged Trump to explicitly endorse a bill closing loopholes that allow unchecked purchases on the Internet and at gun shows.

Trump also has called for building more mental hospitals, a ban on devices known as "bump stocks" that allow a semi-automatic weapon to be fired much more rapidly, and better background checks to keep guns out of the hands of "sickos". However, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) pushed back on the notion that "mental illness" and "danger" are synonymous. 'But it was also refreshing to talk to everyone because people don't really understand how it feels, no matter how much they try to understand'. One solution, according to Grassley, is directly addressing bullying culture within schools.

A series of competing bills and amendments are now sitting in limbo on Capitol Hill as lawmakers, a lot of them Republicans, refuse to consider - much less vote for - any meaningful new legislation. So Trump is on his own, causing chaos for his own party and guaranteeing that nothing will get done.

"Even the smallest incremental steps you'd expect out of Washington - the ones that are nothing more than window dressing - you can't accomplish", said John Weaver, a longtime Republican consultant. Trump agreed that while it's a topic worth debating, it should be treated in another bill.

The president has previously backed ideas popular with Democrats, only to back away when faced with opposition from his conservative base and his Republican allies in Congress. Not only is "I hear you" a mere extension of a commonly-used crisis term "thoughts and prayers", the most passive response when action is due, but it should be common sense to anyone with a heart beneath their ribs.

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