White House: Trump Didn't Bow to NRA on Guns

Teachers and school staff to be given weapons training, White House says

He is now striking a very different tone as he backpedals from his earlier demands for sweeping reforms. Trump tweeted on Monday, adding "On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting".

The White House's formal release of a school safety agenda is an early step, as the president is also naming a commission to come up with more recommendations.

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday, Trump mocked the idea of a commission to solve problems government should tackle head-on.

"They have great power over you people", Trump said on February 28, referring to the NRA while addressing a group of lawmakers at the White House.

Professor Olson, who is also a certified firearms instructor and former national NRA board member, thinks when it comes to mass school shooting like the one in Parkland, Florida, armed teachers are the best defense. "That doesn't make sense".

He then turned toward Sen. "Because you're afraid of the NRA, right?" Even though he supported it, the president described the latter measure as untenable in the current political climate. "I'm going to stay with my family", Beltran said.

"This is a time when any president must lead", she wrote on Twitter.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump welcomed the Houston Astros to the White House on Monday.

Trump also touted tenets of his policy including strengthening background checks and providing some school personnel with "rigorous" firearms training.

Most notably, several members of the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors a year ago signalled they would not attend a reception, prompting Trump to withdraw an invitation.

Immediately following the ceremony, Texas senator Ted Cruz told ESPN: "We are ensuring that those who are impacted by the three horrific storms that happened in 2017 receive the relief they need".

"He's talking about Congress who actually has the ability to make law, not online polls", Sanders said.

She is laying the blame on Capitol Hill, saying there is "not broad-based support" in Congress to push forward the assault weapons change. However, Washington isn't the only place where Americans are demanding action. But Trump has made little effort to marshal the support of congressional Republicans or use his popularity with NRA voters to provide cover for his party during a contentious vote.

Gun control advocates remain determined to maintain the pressure on lawmakers.

The most notable absence was Trump's failure to support raising the age for certain long-gun purchases from 18 to 21. And this proposal doesn't have the president stepping forward and demanding action on the age limits.

Still, Trump argued that this was progress.

The Department of Justice is pushing through new regulations to ban the sale of "bump stocks" that make rifles fire like automatic weapons, a product used by a gunman to kill 59 people from a window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas last October.

Without strong advocacy from the White House, an ambitious gun package was unlikely to even get off the ground, given most Republicans' opposition to any new restrictions.

Sanders protested: "Look, he hasn't backed away from these things at all".

Two prominent Astros players - Puerto Rican star Carlos Correa and pitcher Ken Giles - skipped Monday's White House visit.

The DeVos commission now does not have deadline to issue its recommendations, but a senior administration official explained this is an "urgent matter", and "we will be moving very promptly and urgently". Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.