Trump calls for stricter US gun control
In a sharp change from past Republican policy, U.S. President Donald Trump urged a group of lawmakers to come up with stronger gun control regulations.
It was an honor to welcome bipartisan members of Congress for a discussion on SAFE schools and SAFE communities. As we continue to mourn the loss of so many precious young lives in Parkland, we are determined to turn our grief into action. Full meeting: https://t.co/tbl94sCM01 pic.twitter.com/TmUMusoR9x
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
Trump’s surprising comments came during a televised meeting on Wednesday while addressing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland Florida last month.
“First, we must harden our schools against attack,” said Trump in the meeting.
” These include allowing people with certified training, very talented people to carry firearms.”
He also spoke about expanding background checks for gun buyers and raising the legal age to buy rifles to 21 from 18.
“We have to do something about the mentally ill not being able to buy a gun,” said Trump, still focusing on the issue of mental health.
“I mean they have so many checks and balances that you could be mentally ill and it takes you six months before you can prohibit it.”
After the meeting, Trump shared his thoughts on Twitter.
Many ideas, some good & some not so good, emerged from our bipartisan meeting on school safety yesterday at the White House. Background Checks a big part of conversation. Gun free zones are proven targets of killers. After many years, a Bill should emerge. Respect 2nd Amendment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2018
Trump endorsed the National Rifle Association(NRA) in his 2016 campaign.
But at the start of the fourth free-flowing gun policy discussion, Trump pushed Congress to “go big on the bill.”
He said to NRA officials, “It’s time. We’ve got to stop this nonsense.”
NRA public affairs director Jennifer Baker told to CNN, “While today’s meeting made for great TV, the gun-control proposals discussed would make for bad policy that would not keep our children safe.”
Baker added, “Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of a deranged lunatic, our leaders should pass meaningful reforms that would actually prevent future tragedies.”
Private companies caught in gun-control crossfire
Since the Florida school shooting, private retailers as have been pressured to restrict or cease selling certain firearms or related products.
Prominent U.S. companies have responded to the Florida shooting by implementing restrictions of firearms similar to the type of rifle used in a massacre.
The first company that stopped selling the weapons under 21 years old was Dick’s Sporting Goods announced earlier Wednesday.
We at DICK’S Sporting Goods are deeply disturbed and saddened by the tragic events in Parkland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. https://t.co/J4OcB6XJnu pic.twitter.com/WmT50BO7mx
— DICK’S Sporting Goods (@DICKS) 2018年2月28日
“We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” said DICK’S Sporting Goods in a statement.
“But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids.”
Walmart also announced that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to those under 21.
“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales,” Walmart said in a statement, “Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age.”
The company became the second major U.S. retailer to restrict gun sales.
Building on our 2015 decision to not sell modern sporting rifles, we announced important changes today:
– Raising the age for purchase of firearms and ammunition from 18 to 21 years old
– Removing online items resembling assault-style rifles
See details https://t.co/bP3saEV3Fy
— Walmart Newsroom (@WalmartNewsroom) 2018年2月28日
The outcry has even affected Canadian companies that don’t actually sell guns.
Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) decided to stop selling outdoor products made by Vista Outdoor Inc., which is a gun manufacturer.
— National Post (@nationalpost) March 1, 2018
MEC doesn’t sell the weapons, but faced a petition on Tuesday calling on it to stop selling Vista Outdoor’s products.