NewsMar 01, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
President Trump shocked Republicans at a televised meeting on Wednesday by urging a group of lawmakers at the White House to resurrect gun control legislation that had been opposed for years by the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) and the majority of his party. Hear the president's statements in the video at the end of this article.
At one point, the president suggested that law enforcement agents should have the power to seize guns from anyone who could present a danger, including the mentally ill without first going to court. “I like taking the guns early,” he said, adding, “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
Surrounded by excited Democrats and solemn Republicans, Trump called for comprehensive gun control legislation that would require weapons sales at gun shows and online to use background checks, secure schools, and raise the minimum age to purchase a gun. An outright ban of semi-automatic weapons was not off the table, either.
The president's comments sparked a panic among NRA lobbyists who then made calls to their Republican allies on Capitol Hill. Republican legislators assured reporters that they remained opposed to gun control measures.
“We’re not ditching any constitutional protections simply because the last person the president talked to today doesn’t like them,” Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, said in a statement.
At the core of Trump's statements was the revival of a bipartisan bill drafted in 2013 by Senators Joe Manchin III, D-WV, and Patrick J. Toomey, R-PA, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Despite heavy pressure from President Barack Obama and the personal appeals of Sandy Hook parents to pass the bill, it died after a Republican filibuster.
Hear President Trump's comments in the video below:
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