President Donald Trump says he would have rushed, unarmed, into the Florida high school where a mass shooting was happening, if he had been there.
Trump says, “You don’t know until you’re tested, but I think I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too.”
The president was speaking to a roomful of governors at the White House. Their meeting was heavily focused on finding ways to address the massacre of 17 students and teachers in a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It was the latest gathering in which the president spoke of a need to enact new gun-control measures and improve school safety.
The White House says President Donald Trump is planning to meet Wednesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss ways of addressing gun violence.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there’s support for “the concept” of raising the minimum age for the purchase of assault-style weapons but “how it would be implemented and what it might look like” are still under discussion.
Sanders says if the administration can’t find “an administrative fix” to ban so-called bump stocks, the White House would support a legislative solution on the devices.
She says Trump is supportive of looking at strengthening background checks but has not yet made a decision on how specific legislation might be crafted.