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Trump to meet students on gun violence

Trump to meet students on gun violenceā€

"We can do more to protect our children.We must do more to protect our children", he added.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced that he had issued a memo directing the US Justice Department to write up regulations that would ban certain gun modification devices such as bump stocks.

Students, many using the mantra NeverAgain, are mobilising around the country in favour of stronger gun laws after the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history took place on Wednesday at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people using an assault-style rifle. It would also authorize a study on crimes involving bump stocks, an accessory that make semi-automatic weapons fire more like automatic ones. Such devices were used during the deadly Las Vegas shooting in October past year. "I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized...very soon", Trump said.

Trump will host students, parents and teachers involved in the Florida shooting and massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT and Columbine High School in Colorado for a listening session on Wednesday. Other Florida high school students also walked out in solidarity with the Parkland students on Tuesday to call for gun reforms.

To date, the Trump administration has stuck to discussing taking action on guns, not actually lobbying Congress on moving any new legislation.

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The president's announcement came shortly after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said he would consider raising the minimum age for buyers of the assault-style rifle used last week by a teenage gunman in the fatal shooting of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

"Blaming everyone but the shooter and the lack of gun control in our country". Suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz was "troubled" and reportedly suffers from mental ill-health, yet was still able to acquire an AR-15 rifle.

According to a Quinnipac University poll, voters support stricter gun laws by 66% to 31%.

The White House did not commit further regulations, such as a ban on assault weapons.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence advocacy group has called on Congress to make it easier for police to temporarily take away weapons from people deemed to be unsafe. In the wake of the Parkland shooting and the shootings in Las Vegas previous year, Trump has pointed to improving mental health over restricting gun rights as a way to prevent those shootings from happening again.



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