Push to arm teachers part of Trump's school plan

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Trump has also demanded a full audit of the FBI's tip line, which botched two calls about suspected Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz before he allegedly walked into his former high school on Valentine's Day and killed 17 people. "All topics are open to being addressed on this commission", one official said.

Mr Trump said he would work to raise the limit from 18 to 21 but his actual action plan passes the issue to a new federal commission on school safety.

"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said.

Trump has long criticized previous administrations for creating commissions to examine issues.

The White House plan would involve funding to provide weapons training for teachers.

The commission will consider raising the age to 21 under which people can buy certain kinds of firearms, but the official wouldn't commit to supporting the proposal outright, saying, "Obviously we want everything we do in here to be evidence-based at actually trying to help to reduce violence - not just try to check a box".

The White House says President Donald Trump's plan to combat school shootings will include the creation of a new task force and an effort to "harden" schools so they're less vulnerable to attack.

Numerous student survivors have urged Washington to toughen restrictions on gun purchases, but such measures are fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association, and the Trump plan does not include any substantial changes to gun laws.

WASHINGTON — The White House said Sunday that the federal government will help provide "rigorous firearms training" for qualified volunteer school personnel as part of a package of policy changes he will propose after the February 14 mass shooting at Parklands Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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The White House also endorsed a piece of bipartisan legislation that would improve the nation's background check system for gun sales by providing incentives for federal agencies to comply with the current law.

Mass shootings are the most high-profile type of firearms violence in the United States, which sees more than 30,000 gun-related deaths each year. John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that's created to improve the database used to check the backgrounds of would-be gun buyers.

The nation's largest teachers lobby, the National Education Association, is adamantly opposed to Trump and the NRA's controversial initiative to arm teachers.

The Times said there had been signs in recent months that Trump might be looking to shake up his legal team as the special counsel inquiry stretches beyond the timeline given to him by Ty Cobb, the lawyer leading the Trump team's response to the investigation.

In terms of mental health resources, the president said he wanted to "increase integration of mental health, primary care, and family services, as well as support for programs that utilize court-ordered treatment".

The White House on Sunday said it supports legislation introduced by Sen.

At the Department of Justice, meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Saturday took an incremental step toward banning bump stocks, devices that can make semiautomatic weapons fire like fully automatic firearms. DeVos said her commission would study a "culture of violence".

Trump is proposing an expansion and overhaul of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat those who may be a threat to themselves or others, the administration announced.