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Trump Hosts Bipartisan Meeting on School Safety

by Countable | 2.28.18

What’s the story?

In response to the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead, President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss school safety and gun-control legislation.

"We can’t wait and play games and nothing gets done," Trump said as he opened the session with 17 House and Senate lawmakers. “We want to stop the problems.”

Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

  • The president told the room: "I'm the biggest fan of the Second Amendment, many of you are [but] we've got to stop this nonsense, it's time."

  • Trump warned against attaching concealed carry reciprocity to a bill to improve background checks. "If you add concealed carry (reciprocity) to this, you'll never get it passed," the president said. "We want to get something done."

  • Trump said "we need to do something about the mentally ill not being able to buy a gun." He added that legislation may need to include a provision to "take the guns away immediately" if necessary.

  • Trump said the Parkland shooter should have had his guns taken away earlier, regardless of the law: "I like taking the guns early…Take the guns first, go through due process second."

  • The president repeated his criticism of gun-free zones, saying: "You've gotta have defense, too."

  • Trump accused Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) of being "afraid of the NRA." Later in the meeting, Trump broadened his criticism, saying some lawmakers in the meeting were “petrified” of the NRA. “They have great power over you people,” Trump said. “They have less power over me.”

  • The president said he’d ban bump stocks by executive order.

  • Trump reiterated his concerns about violent video games and internet content. "The video games, the movies, the Internet stuff, it's so violent," he said, telling the room that he looks "at some of the things” his son Barron Trump is watching “and I say, how is that possible?”

What do you think?

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—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Screenshot via CNN)

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  • Christine
    02/28/2018
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    djt is a liar who constantly contradicts himself. He has ZERO credibility. He rolled back the executive order banning the mentally ill from buying guns. He took millions from the NRA and benefitted from millions more in NRA attack ads. He pushes MORE guns by arming teachers. How absurd.

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/28/2018
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    I would like my congressman John Katko, to turn himself in to the authorities and plead guilty to political corruption, for taking NRA money to fund his re-election campaign. He has over one million dollars from groups who will want favors in return.

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  • Robert
    03/01/2018
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    I would like to see some common sense gun laws. We’ll see what happens, I have a little faith in President Trump I’m sure his people will be out tomorrow saying we misunderstood what he was saying. The Congress has their hands in the pockets of the NRA and will have to see if they choose the safety of their constituents or the money.

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  • Joanne
    03/01/2018
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    Say NO to concealed carry reciprocity. Ban bump stocks. AR 15’s only belong in the military Raise age limits to purchase any weapon. Improvement and constant monitoring of background checks. Waiting period before guns can be purchased. No guns to the mentally ill and those who have abused animals and other people as well as more money to try and help these people. I agree that there needs to be studies done on violent video games. Also, and not least, campaign finance laws need to be strengthened. Big money, such as the NRA, need to be stopped from making BIG donations and asking for BIG favors. This is why our country is going to Hell . The impact of corporate and BIG money in politics: Political connections are forged and American values are lost.

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  • Patty
    03/01/2018
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    No concealed carry reciprocity! A concealed carry license should be difficult to get, require proven marksmanship skills, be required to be renewed and only given under special circumstances. Stricter states should have their laws respected.

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  • Dicr
    03/01/2018
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    Looks like Donnie is feeling the heat and trying to change the narrative. Let’s see if he follows up this time.

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  • DrCindyBean
    03/01/2018
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    Meeting is just a big theatrics game by trump. Congress must listen to we the people! Ban assault weapons. 100% background checks - no loopholes. Register and insure every firearm the way we do with automobiles.

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  • MIKAL
    03/01/2018
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    I am NOT a fan of Trump ... nor do I believe he means much of what he says... BUT I have to applaud... HE NAILED the GOP! THEY are, in his words “petrified” of the NRA! YOU Senators Barasso & Enzi... and Congresswoman Cheney have the opportunity to really do something to help keep school children safe... NO ONE is asking you to do away with the 2nd Amendment... just asking you to devise a way to keep guns out of criminal, insane and terrorist hands that doesn’t eliminate law-abiding citizens rights. TOO LONG has the NRA HELD their FOOT to HOLD the DOOR SHUT to SOLVING MASS SHOOTINGS by their REFUSAL to give a single fraction of an inch... THOSE DAYS ARE OVER... if they or you won’t help then get out of the way...

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/01/2018
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    Thank you for supporting reasonable gun control and for knowing that taking war weapons out of the hands of potential murderers is far from violating the Second Amendment, my spectacular Senators and Representative. The solution to gun violence is not more guns–ever. In Japan I never feared being shot as the people were unarmed. When Australia confiscated guns, the murder rate plummeted. As you know, the second amendment was written to provide a militia to protect our country from invasion in the time when muskets took minutes to load from one shot to the next. This was not intended for every person with macho pretensions to concealed -carry weapons of war. No civilian needs automatics Intended to kill the maximum number of people. More mentally ill people are murdered than ever kill – this is a distraction. How much exposure to violent images affects our children is reasonable to study, but not instead of gun control now, the NRA preference.

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  • Ella
    03/01/2018
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    I hope this last longer than he said he loved the Dreamers. And he was going take care of them.lol

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  • Cathy
    03/01/2018
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    It’s all BS until assault rifles are taken off market and deemed illegal to own!!!!!!

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  • Krystal
    03/01/2018
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    I support stronger gun laws. Our nations gun obsession has gone too far and we are killing ourselves. Look at what other countries are doing successfully. In the 90s a mass shooting in Australia lead to significant control of who can have a gun and the overall accessibility of guns in the country. The homicide rate went down 70%. The country abandoned its gun culture overnight to the great benefit of the masses. Strict gun laws do protect individuals and our nation as a whole. Please stand with me and help create and pass stricter gun laws.

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  • Daniel
    02/28/2018
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    From another user "The most pro-active President on gun reform in history and I have no doubt Libtards will still say it’s not enough." He repealed gun control for mentally ill and that is a fact...

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  • AristotlesUncle
    03/01/2018
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    If you cannot applaud Trump for anything because you disagree with him on most things than you are not progressive. Progress happens with compromise and diplomacy. Despite Trump and others not taking action in the past, those who support gun reform ought to show receptiveness and gratitude to Trump’s current thoughts. Who cares why, if he is responding to sentiments and actually does something then that is a step in the right direction.

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  • Chester
    03/01/2018
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    The Liberal Media is politicizing this latest tragedy and blaming the NRA when they had nothing to do with it. It was the failures of our Government and Police forces for not taking any action on anything!

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/01/2018
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    Who knew #45 would ever seem to do something I appreciate? His bellicose bullying is not attractive and his criticism of others in the face of his emoluments, continued business profits while in office, his corrupt and lying appointees including his family members, his probable Russian connections are all still there, but this moment’s supporting reasonable steps toward preventing daily slaughter of American children and adults with war weapons s appreciated and applauded. Who knew he was capable of ever doing the right thing? Thank you Mark DeSaulnier, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris for your brave, ethical, important stance on reasonable gun control taking war weapons off the streets.

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  • Don
    03/01/2018
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    Reality show government. There was a meeting on the healthcare bill with a promise to sign whatever congress could come up with, which nothing. Then there was a meeting about DACA with a promise to keep faith with the Dreamers - which promptly was back tracked on. Now we have this meeting to do something “strong” on gun control. Three strikes and your out in baseball. This is the third time for this Administration to actually do something. Can’t help but wonder if this will be a single base hit, a home run or a strikeout.

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  • RickEberhardt
    03/01/2018
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    If proven marksmanship is required then many police officers would be disqualified. Why does it take take so many shots to bring down an unarmed man?

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  • Jesse
    02/28/2018
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    northing will happen becuse the NRA and the GOP are to powerful

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  • David
    03/01/2018
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    Giving up any constitutional right because of fear is never a good idea. Letting teenagers dictate policy is also a bad idea. This is a school safety issue! There are many things that can be done to harden our schools other than give up our rights to self defense. Just watching all the politicized fear mongering it is a wonder anything ever gets done. Stop piggy backing bills. Make ever bill stand or fall on its own merits. Highly restrict ALL lobbying and donations. ACT on any perceived threat to a school. Raise age limits for purchasing to 21. Require background checks for all purchases. However, banning semi-automatic weapons is ridiculous. Stop even considering it. Act on non-constitutional fixes. Stop letting this be a polarized “all or nothing” discussion!

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