In a policy meeting on Wednesday, President Trump demanded that immediate measures be taken to protect civilians – in light of the recent mass shooting in Florida. He has thrown his support behind measures to disarm the mentally unstable and those deemed dangerous.
According to the President, any action that could be taken to reduce violence should occur, even if it is a violation of legal due process. He explained, “I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time.” He concluded, “take the guns first, go through due process second.”
President Donald Trump was also one of the first to suggest raising the minimum age to purchase a gun, and other measures to strengthen the vetting process required to purchase a firearm.
President Trump’s comment, on Wednesday, was in response to the comments from Vice President Pence who suggested that local law enforcement and families should have better tools to report people they deem potentially dangerous. “Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons,” Pence said. “Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump responded.
President Donald Trump has also suggested equipping school staff and teachers with concealed firearms, overturning “gun free zones.” The President suggested that training the teachers and school staff in a firearm would help in dealing with the violent situations if they ever arise. Moreover, he suggested that since school grounds are firearm free, they make easy targets for deranged murderers.