The White House today began a PR blitz designed to show concern about school and other mass shootings, and it was unclear just how far this would take President Trump along the path toward Democratic-style gun control measures.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders entered the briefing room today with expressions of praise and sadness about last week’s school shooting in Florida:
Here at the White House, the victims and families have constantly been in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve prayed for the recovery of those injured, and for peace and comfort for the families of those who were lost.
Our broken hearts are filled with gratitude, as we heard the stories of incredible heroism. Fifteen-year-old Anthony Borges was shot five times while he used his body as a human shield for his classmates. He remains in the hospital in recovery. Anthony, thank you for your courage. We are all rooting for you.
Assistant football coach Aaron Feis shielded students from a hail of gunfire, selflessly giving his own life to save others.
Then, she announced that this will effectively be mass shooting solution week:
Tomorrow, we will be hosting parents, teachers, and students here at the White House to discuss efforts to ensure safety at our schools. Members of the Parkland community will be attending this listening session, as will individuals who were impacted by past school shootings, including the Columbine and Sandy Hook tragedies.
On Thursday, we will be hosting local officials, including members of the law enforcement community, to continue that conversation.
Meantime, the White House announced that the Department of Justice would be a rulemaking process that seems designed to end up banning “bump stocks” which make semiautomatic firearms act like automatics.
Trump has suggested he could support a strenthened background check process. Whether this week’s “conversations” will lead to more severe gun contol measures, nobody knows.