Trump says more must be done to protect children

Posted February 22, 2018

"We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America's youth and end these tragic mass shootings!".

The AR-15 has been used in the deadliest shootings in recent U.S. history, including last Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Florida, and handgun sales by federally licensed dealers are already restricted to those over 21.

Police say Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in last week's shooting, used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Trump's decision to call for a ban on devices like bump stocks shows the pressure lawmakers are facing to take action on guns in the wake of a spate of deadly mass shootings over the past few years.

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According to NBC News, President Donald #trump has tasked Attorney General #Jeff Sessions with proposing new changes that would ban the controversial bump fire stocks, which turns legal firearms into machine guns.

"I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon".

Speaking from the White House briefing room Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders officially confirmed President Trump supports a ban on bump stocks. The President - who was elected with the support of the National Rifle Association - has so far expressed support for regulating bump-fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly, and strengthening background checks for gun purchases.

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect in last week's Parkland, Florida, attack, the deadliest high-school shooting in recent USA history, legally bought the AR-15 authorities say was used in the attack.

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A 19-year-old armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle killed 17 people during Wednesday's rampage, which has reignited calls for changes in permissive USA gun laws.

Former President Barack Obama and many of his fellow Democrats unsuccessfully pushed to pass gun control legislation after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

The House passed a version of the bill in December that would actually loosen some gun regulations by allowing certain licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. She had introduced a bill to ban bump stocks as well as similar devices past year.

Polls have found, however, that most Americans blame Trump and Congress for not doing more on guns.

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"Sign after sign this week that we've hit a fulcrum point in this debate where politicians are, for the first time, scared on the political consequences of inaction on guns", Murphy wrote on Twitter.