The White House indicated that President Donald Trump is willing to back some changes in order to try to prevent more gun shootings in the wake of the Florida school shooting last week that took 17 lives.
Here’s what the White House said:
“The President spoke to Senator Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday.
“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” the statement concluded.
Various law enforcement agencies were criticized after it appeared that several warning signs of the Florida shooting were ignored. Police admit that they had contact with the troubled teen multiple times for various offenses, but he was never arrested.
The legislation supported by Trump would “enhance state and federal record-sharing with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” but it’s unclear whether it would have prevented the Florida shooting.
Gun rights in the crosshairs
Others criticized the administration for not seeking remedy for the shootings in gun control. Some students who survived the Florida shooting have begun campaign heavily on cable news outlets for gun control and specifically calling out the president and other Republicans.
Trump appeared to blame the negligence of the FBI in preventing the Florida shooting on their investigations into Russian interference and alleged collusion in a tweet on Saturday.
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter,” he said. “This is not acceptable.”
“They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign,” he added, “there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
Earlier, the president also referenced the missed warnings from the 19-year-old shooter.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, and may face the death penalty.