Trump approves of improved background checks

Katrina Barker
February 22, 2018

"We must do more to protect our children, we have to do more to protect our children", Trump added, before announcing that in scheduled meetings with lawmakers, students and community leaders he would be discussing how best to protect communities in the US.

Trump spoke during a White House ceremony Tuesday recognizing bravery by the nation's public safety officers.

The gun control debate took on a new urgency after 17 young students were killed at a school in Florida last week.

Bump stocks came to the forefront of the gun control debate after the deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in October that left almost 60 dead and more than 500 injured.

The modification turns semi-automatic files into machine guns, and such a device was used by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. A bump stock was not used in last week's shooting, and many have called for tighter laws on background checks and assault rifle bans.

Trump made the announcement Tuesday, saying that the memo is the result of a DOJ review of bump stock devices that began in December in the wake of the October massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Trump said he wants the "critical regulations" to be finalized "very soon".

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday that the commander-in-chief will meet with people from Parkland along with students, teachers, and parents for a listening session on "what can be done better".

Millions of gun owners, who support the National Rifle Association and other organizations that fight against restrictions on such weapons, believe that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees unfettered access to guns. Suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz was "troubled" and reportedly suffers from mental ill-health, yet was still able to acquire an AR-15 rifle.

A handful of states including NY and California have banned assault weapons such as the AR-15, and Hawaii and IL have raised the age to buy any long gun to 21.

Using social media, the teens rallied over the weekend, creating their lie-in (or as they called it, according to CNN, a "die-in.") on President's Day. Gun violence is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive set of solutions.

The president, a strong and vocal supporter of gun rights, has not endorsed more robust changes sought by gun control activists.

Lawmakers who back the bill say following existing procedures better may have stopped the shooter who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, past year from getting a gun.

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