White House to help arm school staff: officials


"Because you're afraid of the NRA, right?" She was on Today with Savannah Guthrie.

"Why did he name this DeVos commission less than 24 hours after ridiculing the idea of blue ribbon commissions?" How clear is the plan on this issue? "Where's Jose? He's much taller than I thought", Trump said, directly addressing the 5-foot-6 second baseman and turning to shake his hand.

Officials announced that the administration will work with states on what they called "rigorous" firearms training for "specially qualified" school personnel on a voluntary basis, including leveraging Department of Justice assistance to give school personnel firearm training from state and local law enforcement agencies, the administration announced.

However, the policy statement did endorse minor legislation in Congress to improve federal and state databases used for background checks by licensed dealers.

"The notion that my kids are going to school with teachers that are armed with a weapon is not something that, quite frankly, I'm comfortable with", the Republican said.

Not surprisingly, the NRA filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida only one hour after the bill was signed into law.

As The Fix's Amber Phillips wrote before Monday's briefing, Trump's softening on gun control was entirely predictable.

Administration officials also disputed that Trump's plan amounts to a reversal of his positions since that February meeting, when the president surprised lawmakers of both parties by appearing to back proposals to raise the purchase age for AR-15s and similar types of rifles and to expand background checks.

White House communications director Hope Hicks, Trump's favorite staffer, is leaving, but not in protest.

For its part, the NRA does not oppose regulating bump stocks under existing law, but does object to new legislation. Yet he has not proven to be a maverick or the bipartisan dealmaker conservatives feared.

Beckett: There are elements of it that really do have broader backing from gun violence prevention experts.

We should remember the ironic words of NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre from back in 1999. He argues that there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)". "Right now the president's primary focus is pushing through things we know that have broad bipartisan support".

Trump's proposed Federal Commission on School Safety aims to develop a process to evaluate and make recommendations on school safety, the administration said. The military shooter Call of Duty, which like many popular games is played in a first-person perspective, has finished as the best-selling console video game in North America for the last nine years, based on data from research firm NPD Group. The President couldn't even summon the political courage to propose raising the age limit on firearm purchases - despite his repeated promise to support such a step at a meeting with lawmakers.

During the meetings, Trump also advocated arming certain teachers and school staffers, arguing that gun-free schools are "like an invitation for these very sick people" to commit murder.

Students around the country might be massing for a march on Washington on March 24.

Publicly, Republican senators had dismissed Trump's embrace of Democratic-friendly gun measures as the negotiating tactic of a businessman who wanted to hear from all sides before coming to a decision.

"I don't think there's a lot of support for that", Sen. And certainly one of the other policies that the president had endorsed and then backed away from was actually closing loopholes in the background check system. So again, they talk on making steps forward. They headed for the airport afterward.