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The US president gives in to the arms control group of the National Rifle Association.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, froze on Monday (12.03.2018) his proposal to raise from 18 to 21 years the legal age to buy some weapons, in what is a concession to the powerful arms pressure group of the National Association of the Rifle (NRA).
The president insisted on Monday on Twitter in his plan to arm teachers and considered that the ability to raise the legal age to buy weapons is in the hands of the 50 states of the country, and not the federal government, due to the limited political support that measure has won in Congress.
Under US federal law, the minimum age to buy a firearm is 21 years if it is a gun and 18 if it is a rifle, although some unlicensed vendors sell them to younger people.
The state of Florida, which suffered a terrible shooting in a high school in February, approved a law last week to raise the minimum age to buy arms from 18 to 21 years and, in response, the NRA filed a lawsuit, accusing to the state of violating the constitutional right to possess and bear arms.
“In the age limits of 18 to 21 years, we are attentive to the cases in the courts and their sentences before acting, the states are taking this decision, things are moving quickly in this, but there is not much political support ( to put it mildly), “said Trump on the social network.
Your solution: arm teachers
Trump, who during the presidential campaign of 2016 received the support of the National Rifle Association, promised that he would take measures to end the school shootings after February 14 Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 17 people in an institute in Parkland, Florida.
In response to that shooting, the White House yesterday unveiled its plan to strengthen security in schools, which includes training to arm some teachers and improving the criminal record system, but avoids the purchase of certain weapons until age 21. .
Specifically, according to that plan, the Executive will begin working with states to provide “rigorous training on the use of weapons” to teachers and other school personnel who volunteer, according to senior officials in a call with the press.
This measure of arming teachers was formulated by Trump shortly after the shooting in Parkland and has the support of the National Rifle Association.
The United States is the country with the most firearms per capita, since four out of ten citizens say they have a firearm or live in a house with weapons, according to a 2017 study by the Pew center, which estimates that the number of arms in the country is between 270 and 310 million.