Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trump Stuns US with Call for Gun Controls after School Massacre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trump Stuns US with Call for Gun Controls after School Massacre

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Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent

DONALD TRUMP has shocked Republicans and Democrats by calling for a "comprehensive" bill to reform gun laws in the wake of the Florida school massacre.

He urged them to come up with a "strong" package of measures, including expanded background checks for gun buyers and raising the legal age to buy rifles to 21 from 18. His comments put him at odds with America's powerful National Rifle Association (NRA). In a televised White House session last night the Republican president shocked members of Congress from both parties by telling them not to be so "petrified" of the gun lobby, adding: "We have to stop this nonsense."

He claimed: "I'm the one bringing it up. People aren't bringing it up because they're afraid to bring it up." It follows last month's attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which killed 17 people and sparked protests from anti-gun campaigners and students across America.

The gunman, ex-pupil Nikolas Cruz, bought his assault rifle at 19. Setting out a higher age bar, Mr Trump said: "You could buy the weapon used WATCH VIDEO standard.

in this horrible shooting at 18 ... I would give very serious thought to it.

"I'm a big fan of the NRA. These are great people. Great patriots. They love our country but that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything."

THE ONLINE " Today the White House was preparing to unveil a lis of priorities. As well as tougher age restrictions they reportedly include stronger background checks, help for states in detecting potential threats to schools, and a proposal to train teachers to use concealed weapons. Mr Trump also suggested law enforcers should be able to confiscate firearms without a court order to prevent tragedies.

The Republican Party has opposed most restrictions on gun ownership, saying they infringe the second amendment to the US constitution, which protects the right to bear arms. …

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