>> Mr. President, but I think we->> You know why, because you're afraid of the NRA, right?
President Donald Trump urged lawmakers to stand up to the gun lobby after last month's deadly school shooting in Florida. Now he's steering clear of any changes that might upset groups like the NRA.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where nearly a month after the Parkland shootings, Trump has quietly released his own list of proposals to boost school safety. And it lines up closely with the NRA's own agenda. He says trained teachers should be able to carry guns in the classroom. And he wants an upgrade to the nation's background check system.
But he seems to have backed off his earlier push for tougher gun laws.>> I'm a big fan of the NRA, they wanted to. These are great people, these are great patriots. They love our country, but that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything.>> After 17 students and teachers were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School, Trump urged law makers to defy the NRA and broaden background checks to apply to all gun sales.
He also said repeatedly that teenagers should not be able to buy assault rifles, like the one used by the accused Florida killer. Now after meeting with the NRA, Trump has dropped the idea of expanding background checks. Instead, he's backing a narrower bill that would plug holes in the existing system.
And he's no longer calling for a federal law to raise the minimum age to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21. Saying on Twitter Monday that there's not enough political support for the idea, and that it should be left to states to decide. Florida raised the minimum age to 21 last week.
Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer says that's not nearly enough.>> The nation is clamoring for significant meaningful progress on gun safety. But Trump's proposal is just a baby step when America needs to take a giant leap.>> What happened to all those proposals?>> What he is pushing forward are things that can immediately be accomplished.
Either through the administration, or that have broad-based bipartisan support in Congress. But that doesn't mean that he has wiped away some of those other things that we're still looking at how best we can move forward on.>> Trump is taking some steps to address guns. He wants to make it easier for police to be able to take away weapons from dangerous gun owners.
And his administration is still moving forward with an effort to ban devices that can transform regular rifles into machine guns. But after accusing Republican lawmakers of being afraid of the NRA, he's making it clear that he's not inclined to cross the powerful gun lobby either.