In the wake of the Parkland, FL mass shooting republicans and the president have faced increased pressure from survivors and gun control advocates to take some concrete action. Last week, it seemed as if Trump may have taken a step closer to seeing reason on the gun control issue.
He even tweeted about it.
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
But it seems like he’s walking that back, likely as a response to the fierce backlash from the NRA and conservative gun rights supporters.
CNN’s Jim Acosta broke the news tonight.
Trump appears to be backing away from his support for 21 year age limit for assault weapons purchases, sources tell us tonight.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 27, 2018
Acosta expanded on the revelation on Anderson Cooper 360. Watch the clip here.
Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were killed by a teen gunman with an AR-15, Trump has faced pressure from all sides to make substantive changes on gun reform.
In a listening session with some of the survivors of the shooting and their parents, Trump heard the call for common sense measures on gun reform. That’s when he went so far as to consider raising the minimum age to 21.
But given how hard the NRA is fighting back against pressure from protesters, the students, and even corporate sponsors, it’s no surprise Trump is running scared.