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President Trump called again for banning bump stocks during a listening session with the nation's governors, even if it means breaking with the NRA. But in returning to the idea of arming trained teachers, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee urged him to take it off the table. Meanwhile, lawmakers on Capitol Hill face a number of proposals, but it’s not clear if anything can pass. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
From President Trump today, more talk of gun control in America and of crossing the NRA. He spoke amid calls for action at the federal and state levels, in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.
President Donald Trump:
And we're going to do very strong background checks. If we see a sicko, I don't want him having a gun.
It was another listening session of sorts, this time President Trump with the nation's governors. He called again for banning bump stocks, even if it means breaking with the National Rifle Association.
Don't worry about the NRA. They're on our side. You guys, half of you are so afraid of the NRA. There's nothing to be afraid of. And you know what? If they're not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while. That's OK.
The president also returned to the idea of arming trained teachers in schools. But Washington State's Democratic Governor Jay Inslee challenged him.
Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.:
I have listened to the people who would be affected by that. I have listened to the biology teachers, and they don't want to do that at any percentage. I have listened to the first grade teachers that don't want to be pistol-packing teachers.
So I just suggest we need a little less tweeting here and a little more listening, and let's just take that off the table and move forward.
Several other governors, including Texas Republican Greg Abbott, spoke in favor of having armed people on school campuses.
This as the gavel echoed in Congress for the first time in 10 days. West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin appealed to Republicans to help pass something.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.:
But it would be the president weighing in that would give them the comfort zone, I would think, the Republicans, in order for them to support something that's reasonable.
Lawmakers face a host of proposals. They include fixes to the instant criminal background system and raising the purchase age for long guns. But it's not clear if anything can pass.
On Sunday, Republican Congressman Brian Mast of Florida, a longtime NRA member, called for a temporary ban on assault rifles. He spoke alongside Democratic Counterpart Ted Deutch.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla.:
We can get the president on board and members of Congress on board to say, let's put that same kind of pause on board right now, where we look at who is having access, what do they have access to.
The NRA's Dana Loesch said her organization doesn't back any ban.
We're talking about banning firearms. And the discussion is about banning all semiautomatic firearms. And that's really the discussion. Can we actually look at what could have prevented this? That firearm didn't walk itself into the school.
The NRA also faces an economic backlash.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is the latest organization to drop its discount program for NRA members. That makes nearly 20 companies who've cut ties with the group since the Florida shootings. The Broward County Sheriff's Department Faces its own backlash, amid reports that several deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland as 17 people were killed.
President Trump raised it again today.
You don't know until you're tested, but I think I — I really believe I would 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, because I know most of you. But they way they performed was really a disgrace.
Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school, seen here on archival footage, said through his attorney today that the allegations of cowardice are patently untrue.
Of course I won't resign.
And Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Sunday he will not step down, despite criticism of his deputies and reports that his department ignored warnings about accused gunman Nikolas Cruz.
But Florida Governor Rick Scott has asked for a state investigation.
Meanwhile, a Parkland survivor, Maddy Wilford, spoke out. She lived, despite being shot three times, and had a presidential visit at the hospital. Today, she thanked those who saved her life.
And I would just like to say that I'm so grateful to be here, and it wouldn't be possible without those officers and first-responders and these amazing doctors.
Doctors say she still has bullet fragments in her body and is lucky to be alive.
Yesterday, thousands of students and parents returned to Douglas High to gather their belongings.
It's not like you're going back just to see your friends. You're going back to see people that are traumatized for the rest of their lives.
The school is set to officially reopen on Wednesday.
We will take a closer look at the leader of the NRA in Florida after the news summary.
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