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>> Won't, don't worry about the NRA.>> US President, Donald Trump, says lawmaker should not be afraid to fight the National Rifle Association to take in gun laws after the Florida school shooting. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, we're over the weekend the President had lunch with leaders of the powerful gun rights groups.
In the wake of the Parkland massacre, Trump is advocating solutions supported by the NRA, such as strengthening school security. But he's also putting forward ideas that are clearly opposed by the NRA. It looks like the two sides may be headed for a confrontation. The cracks in their alliance began to show on Monday As Trump also blasted sheriff's deputies in Parkland for failing to enter the school when the massacre of 17 students and teachers was underway.
Trump suggested he would've taken action where the police did not.>> I really believe I'd run into, even if I didn't have a weapon.>> Trump told the nation's governors at a White House meeting that he is willing to confront his NRA allies that they should not shrink from doing the same.
But at the same time saying they're on our side.>> You guys, half of you are so afraid of the NRA. There's nothing to be afraid of. And what if they're not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while, that's okay. They're dong what they think is right, I will-
>> Trump's comments came after the NRA pushed back against some of ideas proposed by the president and fellow Republican's like Florida Governor Rick Scott. The gun lobby is dead set against the idea of raising the minimum age limit for buying a rifle from 18 to 21. And it also opposes a ban on so called bump stocks, the add on devices simulating an illegal machine gun.
They were used in Las Vegas last year by the shooter in the nation's worst ever gun massacre.>> But sometimes we're gonna have to be very tough and we're gonna have to fight them.>> On Monday, Trump also said he wants to give law enforcement the power to confiscate guns from people with serious mental health problems.
The NRA has opposed these so called red flag laws in the past. The NRA spent $55 million in the 2016 election, and it's never been shy about going after lawmakers that don't support its agenda. But the Parkland shooting appears to have shifted public opinion. A new CNN poll finds that 70% of Americans support tougher gun laws.
That's the highest level since the early 1990's.>>
] Mr. Kennedy.>> We'll get a better since of what Congress is willing to do when lawmakers swing into action in the coming days.