President Trump says he will ban under 21s from buying guns as he unveiled his proposals to end gun violence.
Mr Trump unveiled his plans on Twitter Thursday morning, and reiterated previous pledges to enhance background checks as well as banning bump stocks.
He wrote: ‘I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health.
‘Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!’
The President unveiled his plans a day after holding a listening meeting with survivors of the Parkland school shooting, where he also appeared to back arming a fifth of teachers.
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Earlier this morning he appeared to both deny and double-down on that plan in the same tweet, writing: ‘I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC.
‘What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to.’
‘In another tweet, he continued: ‘….If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school.
‘Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!’
But at least one of those who attended blasted back, telling Trump that most school shooters were suicidal and wouldn’t be deterred by the thought of being shot dead.
Gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 14 students and three school workers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 assault rifle.
Broward County Sheriff’s office say he has admitted the killing, and he has since been charged with 17 counts of pre-meditated murder.
He is one of several recent shooters who used ‘bump stocks’ to convert an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle into what is effectively a fully-automatic machine gun.