White House to help arm school employees

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The series of proposals generally fall in line with what the National Rifle Association supports in the wake of the massacre last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. "All topics are open to being addressed on this commission", one official said.

He has called for raising the minimum age for purchasing an AR-15 or similar-style rifles from 18 to 21 years old.

"Today we are announcing meaningful actions, steps that can be taken right away to help protect students", DeVos said Sunday.

The announcement of the commission comes less than a day after Trump criticized blue-ribbon committees at a rally in Pennsylvania, saying, "We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees", adding that they do nothing but "talk, talk, talk".

During those meetings, Trump advocated arming certain teachers and school staffers, arguing that gun-free schools are "like an invitation for these very sick people" to commit murder.

White House proposals to tackle the threat of mass shootings in USA schools fall short of a call by President Donald Trump himself to raise the age limit for buying assault rifles.

Shah avoided answering whether the White House will call for universal background checks, which President Donald Trump has said he would support, and instead spoke about improving the current background check system.

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said: "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's unsafe retreat from his promise".

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The White House has directed the Justice Department to help states partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council.

The proposal has angered education groups, who have said arming educators could put both adults and students at risk. Many Republican lawmakers say it should be left to the states. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, and Sen.

The White House also endorsed the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act and asked Congress provide funding to support evidence-based school violence prevention programs. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which intends to improve the information going into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by offering financial incentives to federal and state authorities to comply with existing law to report criminal history records.

The Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said Trump met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office about joining the team as Trump and his allies continue to deal with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Last, the administration wants to better integrate mental health, primary care and family services programs, and the president has ordered a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, he said. The orders would allow law enforcement officers, with approval from a court, to remove firearms from those who pose a threat to themselves or others and temporarily to prevent individuals from purchasing new firearms.

The measure came in a bill that raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21, bans modification devices that allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire faster, and increases mental health funding.

The safety commission to be chaired by DeVos will include teachers and other experts.

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