Trump Bows to NRA and Walks Back Support for Gun Control Measures

HeadlineMar 13, 2018
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President Trump has continued to walk with the NRA and to walk back his promises to support gun control measures in the wake of the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, which killed 14 students and three faculty. On Monday, Trump tweeted, “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).” The court cases have all been brought by the NRA. A recent poll shows the vast majority of Americans, across all age groups, support raising the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21. Trump himself said he supported raising the minimum age as recently as last week. But on Monday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to claim Trump was not walking back his promises.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “Look, he hasn’t backed away from these things at all. As I just said, they’re still outlined in the plan, but he can’t make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen. You have to have some congressional component to do some of these things, and without that support, it’s not as possible.”

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