Students stage 'lie-in' at White House to protest against gun violence

  • Students stage 'lie-in' at White House to protest against gun violence

Students stage 'lie-in' at White House to protest against gun violence

President Trump delivers remarks during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday. It was not until a mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week again brought attention to gun-control issues that Trump was pushed to act.

The news comes four months after the Las Vegas concert mass shooting, in which the gunman was found to have used "bump stocks" that significantly increased the rate of fire for the multiple assault weapons he used from his perch on an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

"There's always a chance that Congress is going to do something, " said Robin Lloyd, director of government affairs at Giffords, a pro-gun-control organization.

"We've kind of inherited this world of binary choices where we either have to repeal the Second Amendment or have no gun safety regulations whatsoever, and younger generations of Americans don't see the world that way", Curbelo said.

Trump signed a bill passed by Republicans in Congress past year to roll back an Obama administration regulation adding those who receive Social Security checks for mental illness and deemed unable to handle their own financial affairs to the background-check database. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, about a bipartisan bill created to strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers.

"While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system".

On Monday, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah released a statement about the bill that Sen.

Thus far, the only action Donald Trump has taken on guns since taking office has been to relax restrictions keeping mentally ill people from acquiring guns.

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is open to improving the background check system used to screen those who buy firearms, a measure that has bipartisan support and the backing of the National Rifle Association.

The White House has already thrown its weight behind legislation that would tighten the national criminal background check system for gun buyers by ensuring that states and federal agencies share their records.

The biggest failure came in 2013, following the murder of more than two dozen people, including schoolchildren, in late 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Even one of the most shocking mass shootings of recent years - the 2012 attack on a CT elementary school that left 20 young children and six adults dead - brought little legal change, though CT and a handful of other states toughened their gun laws. There are also talks of an anti-gun violence demonstration in Washington, D.C. and other cities across the country on March 24.

Kristin Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said the measure Trump discussed with Cornyn would help to enforce existing rules but would not close loopholes permitting loose private sales on the internet and at gun shows. One held a sign asking, "Am I Next?"

"We need to do something", 17-year-old David Hogg, a shooting survivor, told CNN.

The debate will continue to play out at the White House this week.

Trump plans to meet Wednesday with students, teachers and parents from Parkland, local school districts and those affected by past school shootings in Columbine, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut.