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Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, the teachers lobby, said last month that "bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence". We support that initiative.

Publicly, Republican senators had dismissed Trump's embrace of Democratic-friendly gun measures as the negotiating tactic of a businessman who wanted to hear from all sides before coming to a decision. "We will ensure our schools are safe and secure-just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings-with better training and preparedness".

There are other serious flaws.

"The point is that schools should have this tool if they choose to use the tool", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on NBC's "Today" show. The weapon modification, which can be used to increase the firing rate of certain guns, effectively turning them into automatic weapons, were used in the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people.

Trump's reliance on armed educators is ridiculous and counter-productive.

The plan did not mention raising minimum purchase-age limits, a move that some firearms retailers have adopted in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

"It's really a reminder why baseball is our national pastime", Trump said.

But depending on Washington to address gun violence is becoming a fool's errand anyway.

The day after he met with the NRA, one of two private meetings held at the White House and has since softened his stance.

That means it's up to the states to take meaningful steps on gun issues. Florida just raised its minimum age, as CBS News reported.

The NRA has sued the state of Florida over a law that requires gun buyers to be at least 21 years old.

Sessions submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed regulation on bump stocks. There's a short waiting period to buy a gun.

On the mental health front, Trump is calling for a review of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to determine if any changes or clarifications are needed to improve coordination between mental health and other health care professionals, school officials, and law enforcement personnel.

The shootings reignited fierce debate in the United States, and Trump stunned members of Congress during White House meetings by endorsing proposals long opposed by his fellow Republicans and accusing lawmakers of being afraid of the NRA. States already set different ages for gun purchases and possession, and they clearly have the right to do so.

On Monday, Trump struck a very different tone as he backpedaled from his earlier demands for sweeping reforms and bowed to Washington reality.

Trump had embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be risky.

On Friday it filed a lawsuit contesting Florida's new age limit law.