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Trump listening session stops on mass shootings
Students, teachers and officials talk about gun violence with President Trump after the rampage in Parkland, Florida.
President Trump said Wednesday the administration is to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and to “put a strong emphasis on mental health,” as he promised, students, and families, “we are going to do it.”
The President, the Vice-Chairman Mike Pence and Secretary of education Betsy DeVos hosted students, teachers and families affected by the Parkland high school shooting for a “listening session” at the White house on Wednesday, which lasted almost two hours.
Exactly one week ago, the 19-year-old Nicholas Cruz, the President described as “a sick man”, opened fire at the high school, and is now charged with the killing of 17 teachers and students with a AR-15 rifle.
“We are very strong on background checks, and has a very strong emphasis on the mental health of someone,” Trump said at the beginning of the listening session. “We are talking about and get it done. It’s been too long, too many instances, and we are going to get it done.”
Students and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, together with Parkland mayor Christine Hunschofsky, attended the White house meeting, along with members of the Sandy Hook promise, a national non-profit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut and led by several family members whose relatives were killed in the tragic Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Students from friendship Public Charter school, Parkmont, and Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC attended.
Parkland Student body President Julia cord over, opened the session with emotional remarks for the group.
“I’m a survivor. I would like to you said all the point to emphasize is that I survived,” cord over. “I had the good fortune to come home from school and it is very scary to know that a lot of people have the opportunity to be here.”
Cord over the President for the management of the bump, thanked the stocks earlier in the week.
The President directed General of the state to create attorney Jeff Sessions, the new rules banning gun modifiers, including the “bump-stock” in Las Vegas massacre in October 2017.
A memo released by the White house earlier this week, was head of the Ministry of justice a proposal for a rule, “a ban for all devices, which in turn legal weapons in MGS.”
The President asked for suggestions to prevent school shootings, leaving the floor open for parents and teachers.
A parent of Parkland High School, suggested that few teachers, administrators or other school employees to manage voluntary basis to a designated “undercover COP”, a potential tragedy before the arrival of the rescue forces.
“When a tragedy strikes, we can wait for first responders to campus, minutes later?” the parents said. “The challenge is, as soon as he starts to end it as quickly as possible.”
The President said the administration would look “very strong” on the option for “concealed carry” in schools, but acknowledged that “a lot of people will be against you.”
“Concealed carry only works for people who said very skillfully in carrying a weapon a” Trump. “Where a teacher with a concealed weapon would have on you, you go for a special training, and you would, and you would no longer be gun-free zone.”
Trump added: “A gun-free zone, maniac, you are all cowards, it’s” let’s go out and attack, because the balls come to us.'”
The President said that an attack takes, on average, “three minutes.”
“It takes five to eight minutes for the first answer. So, the attack is over. If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, you could very well said at the end [of the attack]” Trump. “We look at very strongly. A lot of people will be against you. A lot of people like it.”
Trump suggested that “20 percent of the teaching force,” the bear “kind of talent” in the location of covert. Trump is also the idea to increase the security floated, such as former “Marines, people who left the Air Force” to “distributed evenly in the whole school.”
The President also has the willingness to raise the minimum age to be signaled for the acquisition of certain firearms in the course of the last week, a killing spree in a Park landscape.
A White house source told Fox News on Wednesday that Trump is open to a number of measures to address mass shootings, including the increase in the minimum age – a proposal that was the face of massive resistance from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.
Under current Federal law, licensed firearms dealer handguns to sell to persons under 21 and can’t long sell guns to persons under 18 years of age, after the Gifford’s Law Center, which tracks gun laws and advocates for more restrictions. Some States impose laws with stricter requirements on the minimum age.
However, it is unclear whether Trump is to press for a change in Federal law or encourage a change at the state level.
The presidents expressed their support for the Second Amendment and said that he was against reflexive gun control measures don’t stop tragedies. The NRA is in favour of Trump, the 2016 presidential elections, and has yet to comment on the President’s current stance on the possession of weapons.
“Whether we are Republicans or Democrats, we must now focus on strengthening Background checks!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
The listening session, Trump openness to the tightening of age restrictions and the Directive to the Ministry of justice to a different reaction from the White house in the aftermath of previous tragedies.
According to the Las Vegas massacre, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, said it was “premature to discuss policies, when we know all the facts,” and added, “we have the political discussions, but today is not the day.”
Republicans in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is also scheduled to meet with students from Parkland Wednesday evening.
“In addition to what we with background checks, we are very strong in old age-buying, and very strong in the mental health of the aspect of what happens,” Trump said. “This person was very sick, and the people knew that he was very sick. We will also look at the institutions, what do you do if you find someone like this.”
He added: “All I can say is that we will fight hard for you, and we will not stop. I grieve for you. There is nothing worse, than what you’ve been through. Thank you for pouring your heart, because the world is watching, and we are going to come to a solution.”
Fox News’ John Roberts, and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.