The President appears to have clashed with the NRA and his republican colleagues after 17 people died in two weeks of shooting at Parkland school in Florida. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump urged republicans and Democrats to pass comprehensive gun control measures in a televised White House meeting with lawmakers. On one occasion, he accused republican senator Patrick partoto of “being afraid of the NRA.” After the meeting, the NRA spokesman Jennifer baker said: “although today’s meeting is designed to great television, but discussed gun control proposal will lead to detrimental to our child safety policy. Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners, our leaders should use meaningful reform to prevent future tragedies. “Washington joins us in Randi Weingarten, President of the American federation of teachers. On Wednesday, she wrote an open letter to Mr. Trump explaining her opposition to his push for teachers. Brady’s co-chairman of the campaign against gun violence, Chris brown, is in Washington. Here in New York, the Paul gun school sports executive director, Andy pelosi.
AMY GOODMAN: after two weeks at Parkland university in Florida, 17 people died –14 students and three teachers — President trump appeared to have clashed with NRA and his republican colleagues. In a televised meeting with lawmakers Wednesday, Mr. Trump urged republicans and Democrats to pass comprehensive gun control.
President DONALD TRUMP: you have to have very, very strong background checks. Don’t be shy. The mentally ill are very strong. You have to be very, very strong. And don’t worry about colliding stocks. We’re getting rid of it, where it’s going to be. I mean, you don’t have to add two paragraphs to complicate the bill. We’re getting rid of it. I will do it myself, because I can do it. Fortunately, we can do this without congress.
AMY GOODMAN: during the meeting, President trump accused Pennsylvania republican senator Patrick partotoma of worrying about the NRA.
President DONALD TRUMP: think about it. You can buy a pistol. You can buy one, but you have to wait until you are 21. But you can buy a school shot at the age of 18. I think that’s something you have to consider.
SEN. DIANNE feinstein: are you willing to sign?
President DONALD TRUMP: so, I’ll tell you what: I’ll give it a lot of thought. And I was the one who brought it up, and a lot of people didn’t even want to bring it up because they were afraid to bring it up. But you can’t buy a gun at 18,19, 20. You must wait until you are 21. But you can buy a gun at the age of 18, a weapon used in this terrible shooting. You will decide. There are so many people in this room, you will decide. But I’ll think about it. I can say that the NRA is against it. I’m a fan of the NRA. I mean, no bigger fans. I’m a big fan of the NRA. They want to do that. These people are great people. These are great patriots. They love our country. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. I had to wait until I got my pistol at 21, but I could get it at 18. I don’t know. So I’m just wondering what you did with your bill.
SEN. PAT TOOMEY: we -.
DONALD TRUMP: you didn’t fix it.
SEN. PAT TOOMEY: Mr. Chairman, we didn’t fix it. Look, I think –
President DONALD TRUMP: do you know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA, right?
SEN. PAT TOOMEY: no, that’s not a problem. But…”
DONALD TRUMP: it’s a big problem, and a lot of people are talking about it. But a lot of people — a lot of people are afraid of this problem, raise the age of that weapon to 21.
AMY GOODMAN: after the White House meeting, the NRA criticized President trump. The NRA spokeswoman Jennifer baker said: “although today’s meeting is designed to great television, but gun control proposal discussions will lead to detrimental to our child safety policy. The nra says our leaders should make meaningful reforms to prevent future tragedies, rather than punish law-abiding gun owners for the madness of crazy people.
All right, we’ve got three guests. In Washington, d.c., Randi Weingarten is President of the American teachers’ union. On Wednesday, she wrote an open letter to Mr. Trump explaining her opposition to his promotion of armed teachers, and he continued to do so. Also in Washington, d.c., brady’s co-chairman of the campaign against gun violence, Chris brown. Here in New York, the Paul gun school sports executive director, Andy pelosi.
I’d like to start from Chris brady – I want to begin from Chris brown, Chris brown is one of the brady campaign co-chairman – brady campaign was named after Jim brady, of course, was shot because brady to assassinate Ronald Reagan. Chris brown, what was your response to yesterday’s White House meeting?
KRIS BROWN: ok, just at the end of the meeting, I co-president, eli Gardner, I said to release, we agree to trump the President actually believes that a comprehensive approach to the problem of gun violence is overdue for a long time, a comprehensive investigation and increase the background and support of our system is necessary, we should see the assault weapons ban. And, you know, other issues that he accepts, we obviously support. In fact, congress is legislating all these things. We are very grateful that he wants a comprehensive solution, and he seems to be resisting the NRA. We certainly hope that congress will provide him with a comprehensive solution to this problem.
AMY GOODMAN: now, he still requires armed teachers. I want to attend that meeting, and President trump is standing next to the idea of armed school personnel.
President DONALD TRUMP: first of all, we must protect our schools from attack. These include people who are allowed to undergo certification training, and very talented people carry guns. Some people would disagree with that, and I understand that. I fully understand that. If you do, I want you to say it today, and we’ll listen.
AMY GOODMAN: Randi Weingarten, how do you respond to this suggestion?
RANDI WEINGARTEN: you know, you know a lot about it – the more you know about school, the more you think about it, the crazier it gets. This is not to say that we do not believe there should be a comprehensive solution. We completely and totally agree to brady’s family just said, and they offer all the problems, we in the past 10 years or so to put forward, I don’t know, about 10 years. But think about what he’s saying. Even prisons will not be armed correctional officers inside the prison.
First, schools need to be safe havens, not armed forts. If we can do this with airplanes, and we can do that in federal courts, then we need to be able to do that in our children’s schools. Second, think logically about what he is talking about. What is a kindergarten teacher to do? Put her gun on a leather jacket? What about those who get certified? Where is the gun? Is it in a locked greenhouse? Will it be in the locked closet? The key? Can a pistol really stop a person using the ar-15? So, you know, we should do a lot of things, if you know, if the community wants it, there should be trained armed security personnel around the school. There should be a whole bunch of different security concepts. There should be mental health problems. But we must also take guns out of the streets, not in schools.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to take Andy Pelosi to this conversation. Andy pelosi is the executive director of the campus gun campaign. Now, that’s mostly what you’re talking about on college campuses, but you’re in Florida and, of course, there’s a lot of work across the country. President trump has repeatedly said that the no-gun zone is the most dangerous place. He says they attract killers.