(WTNH) — Connecticut lawmakers called on Congress and the Trump administration to act on gun violence Friday morning.
While President Trump did come out in favor of the controversial idea of arming teachers, he also sent out a tweet Thursday morning that seemed to be a complete break from the NRA.
President Trump now says he is in favor of many of the gun control changes Democrats want to see. Several of those democrats will be meeting in Hartford Friday morning. More than half of Connecticut’s congressional delegation will be holding a press conference on “common sense gun laws.”
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Usually that includes things like background checks for all gun purchases, closing the gun show loophole, banning bump stocks, things like that. Things President Trump has been against. But after the Parkland shooting last week and all the protests, and the White House meetings this week, well, here are the President’s own words from Twitter:
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted that he is still pushing for even stricter laws.
I’ll fight for real reforms – inspired by the energy and courage of students who have marched in the street – including banning assault weapons, limiting high-capacity magazines, and universal background checks.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) February 22, 2018
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty had several tweets reacting to the proposal to give guns to teachers.
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Finally: if we attempt to arm every teacher, or 20% of teachers, or every seventh teacher, or any number of teachers, what does it say that we’re asking America’s educators to spend their time in target practice, not educating our kids?
This proposal is beyond flawed.
— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) February 22, 2018
Blumenthal and Esty joined Senator Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in Hartford Friday morning to talk about gun violence with at least one Sandy Hook parents and the organizer of a planned school walkout.