Trump Promises Action on Bump Stocks

By Melanie Arter | February 26, 2018 | 7:14pm EST

( - In a session with the nation’s governors, President Donald Trump pledged to ban bump stocks - even if Congress doesn’t.

“By the way, bump stocks -- we're writing that out. I'm writing that out myself. I don't care if Congress does it or not. I'm writing it out myself, okay? You put it into the machine gun category -- which is what it is -- it becomes, essentially, a machine gun, and nobody is going to be able to -- it's going to very hard to get them. So we're writing out bump stocks,” he said.

The president also doubled down on his proposal to allow “well-trained” teachers to carry concealed weapons.

“But we have to take steps to harden our schools so that they are less vulnerable to attack. This includes allowing well-trained and certified school personnel to carry concealed firearms. At some point, you need volume. I don't know that a school is going to be able to hire a hundred security guards that are armed,” Trump said.

He also criticized the police officers who were staged outside the Florida high school during the shooting massacre but did not enter during the shooting.

“Plus, you know, I got to watch some deputy sheriffs performing this week, and they weren't exactly Medal of Honor winners,” Trump said. “The way they performed was, frankly, disgusting. They were listening to what was going on. The one in particular, he was then -- he was early, and then you had three others that probably a similar deal a little bit later, but a similar kind of a thing.”

The president said if he has been there, he would have risked his life to save the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“You know, I really believe -- you don't know until you test it -- but I really believe I'd run in there, even if I didn't had a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too, because I know most of you, but the way they performed was really a disgrace,” Trump said.

“Second, we must confront the issue of mental health, and here is the best example of mental health. This kid -- they had 39 red flags. They should have known. They did know. They didn't do anything about it. That was really a bad time, I have to tell you. Nobody bigger for law enforcement than I am, but between the people that didn't go into that school and protect those lives, and the fact that this should have been solved long before it happened -- pretty sad,” he said.

The president said there needs to be a place to put people like the Florida school shooter, who are “like a boiler ready to explode.

“You can't arrest him, I guess, because he hasn't done anything, but you know he's like a boiler ready to explode, right? So he just -- you have to do something, but you can't put him in jail, I guess, because he hasn't done anything,” Trump said.

“But, in the old days, you would put him into a mental institution, and we had them in New York, and our government started closing them because of cost, and we're going to have to start talking about mental institutions, because a lot of the folks in this room closed their mental institutions also, so we have no halfway. We have nothing between a prison and leaving him at his house, which we can't do anymore. So I think you folks have to start thinking about that,” he said.

“Third, we have to improve our early warning response system so that when friends, family, and neighbors do warn the authorities about a violent or dangerous individual, action is taken quickly and decisively. Look, you had the one mother -- you remember, in Connecticut, how horrible that was. She was begging -- begging -- to take her son in and help him -- do something, anything, he's so dangerous, and nobody really listened to her. And he ended up killing her, and then the rest. You know what happened,” he said, referring to the 20-year-old behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, Adam Lanza.

“Recently, you had a grandmother that got to see the notes of her grandchild, and she reported him, and they nabbed him. He was ready to go in for a school -- looked like. She reported him. And there, the law enforcement did a very good job,” Trump said.

“Fourth, we must pursue common sense measures that protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans while keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others, and fifth, we must strive to create a culture in our country that cherishes life and condemns violence and embraces dignity,” the president said.


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