Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

White House Releases New Details on School Safety Agenda

White House Releases New Details on School Safety Agenda

A HuffPost/YouGov poll taken soon after Trump's initial comments shows that most of the nation, including much of the GOP, was willing to go along with numerous gun control measures he briefly supported.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue, as well as a long list of others topics, as part of a longer-term look at school safety and violence. We've heard many times that he's inevitably persuaded by the last person he talks to, but there, too, "persuaded" isn't the right way to think about it. A White House official said Trump still wanted stronger background checks but recognized the risks of alienating his supporters.

"Right now the president's primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support or things that we can do from an administrative perspective, that we can do immediately, but we haven't let go of some of those other things that we are going to continue to review". "Shame on you, Mr. President", Feinstein said in a statement. It's just such a striking fact of the American gun control debate that this whole issue is being discussed around arming schools.

Most prominently, the White House is backing funding for firearms training for school officials, including teachers. "Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms". "They're still outlined in the plan".

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday, Trump mocked the idea of a commission to solve problems government should tackle head-on.

The White House said Trump has taken aggressive action to confront Iran's "threatening behaviour", including imposing sanctions on dozens of Iran-linked entities and refusing to re-certify the Iran deal. But now they've reached a happy accommodation: Trump says whatever he wants while he's playing the president on TV, and his staff and GOP members of Congress ignore him and construct the policies dictated by their conservative ideology. It cited the suspension of Pakistan's security aid as an example of Trump telling the US' allies that they can not be America's friends while supporting or condoning terror. "Responding to the murders of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is abdication of the president's responsibility to lead". Over the objection of some of his advisers, Trump said he wanted stronger background checks before anyone could buy guns and told Attorney General Jeff Sessions to start work on banning bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to function like automatic ones.

Since then, the president has gradually backed off the idea of gun purchase age limits. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that is created to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and the STOP School Violence Act, which would authorize state-based grants to implement violence prevention training for teachers and students.

The most recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, which set up a similar experiment, found that Republicans' opinions of several of the policies Trump espoused stayed about the same, whether the poll mentioned his name or not.

"You just can't decide you want laws to pass and it happens", Sanders said.

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