Alexander, Corker back bill to strengthen federal background checks on gun buyers

Nikolas Cruz 19 is accused of walking into Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday with a rifle

Nikolas Cruz 19 is accused of walking into Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday with a rifle

In one message, Cruz talk about killing Mexicans, putting Black people back in chains and cutting their necks.

Anderson then added: "And then he went to play golf, while they held funerals for two teenagers nearby".

Tightening gun laws would mark a change in course for Trump, who has championed gun rights.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" she thundered, assailing Trump over the multimillion-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby.

Carson Abt, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, told Trump she thought more frequent drills on how to respond to an active shooter on school grounds could improve both teacher and student responses.

Throughout the day Wednesday, television news showed footage of student survivors of the violence marching on the Florida state Capitol, calling for tougher laws. But as their buses were on the road, the Republican-controlled House voted against any debate on banning weapons like the one used in the attack.

During President Donald Trump's White House listening session with families and survivors impacted by mass shootings on Wednesday, a Parkland, Florida high school student who lived through last week's massacre sobbed when recounting the terror he experienced. The group will also include people from the Washington area who have not experienced a mass shooting.

Mr Trump said: "We must move past cliches and exhausted debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work". "We must do more to protect our children". Pressure has been mounting for action after the Parkland shooting.

It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots. A bipartisan legislative effort to ban the device a year ago fizzled out.

"We need to make exist-ing background checks more effective", Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a statement Monday.


"Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!"

"Bump stocks" were not used in last week's shooting in Florida, according to a law enforcement official.

Many criticized Trump for insensitivity after he said in a weekend Twitter post that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have been too distracted with a Russian Federation probe to follow leads that could have prevented the massacre. "That process began in December", Trump said at a White House event. The period for accepting public comments closed January 25, though officials are still weighing what to do. He said he planned to discuss the idea with Trump. The White House did not answer questions about whether he was playing golf.

"I was born into a world where I never got to experience safety and peace", Gruber said.

Given that a regulation change would probably be challenged, Sen.

The US president asked the Justice Department to outlaw the controversial gun modifiers, along with other devices that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire close to the rate of a machine gun. She said that Cruz was allegedly abusive to his ex-girlfriend.

As accused Florida high school shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, appeared in front of a judge yesterday for a second time, the family that had been housing him was speaking out.

Sanders said Tuesday that increasing the minimum age for purchasing a semiautomatic weapon is "certainly something that's on the table for us to discuss and that we expect to come up over the next couple of weeks".

More than 500 people were also injured in that attack, considered America's worst ever mass-shooting by a lone gunman.

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