President Trump sat down with members of Congress to discuss gun control and the issue of age limits for purchasing weapons. USA TODAY
In a bizarre, free-flowing meeting with lawmakers Wednesday, President Trump put himself on pretty much all sides of the gun debate.
He called for hardening schools against attacks and declared himself “a big fan” of the National Rifle Association. And then he put a temporary kibosh on the NRA’s top legislative priority — an expansion of concealed carry rights — and complimented one of the most outspoken gun-control proponents, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, for having some “very good ideas.”
He wants a legislative response to the latest mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., that’s “comprehensive” — and, of course, “beautiful.” And he promised lawmakers they’d be “popular” if they were “very powerful” on an expansion of background checks.
by Nicole Gaudiano