Pres. Trump to Hold Listening Session With Students, Teachers Wednesday

Protesters hold placards at a rally calling for more gun control in the wake of the shooting

Trump has earned criticism for his response to the shooting, which police say came at the hands of a Nikolas Cruz, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a 19-year-old former student of the school.

The shooter in Las Vegas killed 58 people using such a device.

"The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues", the event's website said.

"We must move past cliches and exhausted debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work", he said.

Trump also said he wants to strengthen background checks, however he spoke more about his opposition to "gun-free" school zones.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had spoken to Texas Republican senator John Cornyn about a bipartisan bill created to strengthen the Federal Bureau of Investigation database of prohibited gun buyers.

The president's spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders qualified the support, stressing that talks continue and "revisions are being considered".

Schumer said President Donald Trump's federal budget proposal would slash 16 percent from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, used by law enforcement agencies to review data on individuals who may be prohibited from carrying a handgun.

His only mentions of the massacre came in tweets Saturday contending that the FBI was too focused on the Russian Federation investigation to respond to warnings about the alleged shooter and mocking Democrats for failing to pass gun control.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that the rule violated the Second Amendment rights of individuals with mental illness without due process.

The bill would penalize federal agencies that fail to properly report relevant records and incentivize states to improve their overall reporting.

Last year, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Republican John Cornyn of Texas, introduced legislation aimed at improving background checks for gun buyers - a move now seemingly supported by President Trump. For many, grief has turned to outrage after 17 people were killed in a high school shooting. The demonstration was planned by a new organization called Teens For Gun Reform, which formed in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

Two DC area students are speaking out about gun violence on President's Day with a planned demonstration at the White House.



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