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Trump Proposes Arming Teachers, Raising Minimum Age for Gun Purchases

by Countable | 2.22.18

What’s the story?

A day after meeting with students, parents, and teachers affected by the Parkland, Florida, shooting that left 17 dead, President Donald Trump tweeted various gun control proposals.

Arming teachers

On Wednesday, multiple outlets reported that the president supported measures to arm teachers. On Thursday morning, Trump clarified:

Raising age to purchase firearms, comprehensive background checks

Following his tweets about arming teachers, the president continued:

"Comprehensive Background Checks": The president may be referring to the Fix NICS Act, which aims to improve the accuracy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

"Raise age to 21": Under federal law, licensed firearm dealers cannot sell handguns to people under 21 and cannot sell long guns to people under 18. The 19-year-old Florida shooter legally purchased his AR-15.

"End sale of Bump Stocks!": Bump stocks are a mechanism that allows semi-automatic weapons to mimic the firing speed of automatic weapons. Twelve of the rifles the Las Vegas mass shooter had in his hotel room were modified with a "bump stock."

What do you think?

Do you agree with the president? Is the solution to school shootings arming teachers, raising the minimum age to purchase certain firearms, and improving background checks? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: @RealDonaldTrump via Twitter)


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