Donald Trump is trying to defend his “school safety” plan, which doesn’t call for an age limit on assault weapon purchases (but does support arming teachers). Predictably, his claims about those age limits are all about deflecting and obfuscating (or, to be less polite, are full of crap):
….On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2018
Yes, on this one single issue in his entire life, Trump is “watching court cases and rulings before acting.” I’m so sure.
And “States are making this decision”? The thing about states making a decision about who can buy guns is that people—and guns—can cross state lines, and often do. That’s why federal action is so important.
But this takes the cake: “not much political support (to put it mildly).” If you only talk to Republican politicians elected with the help of the National Rifle Association, sure. But an NPR poll that talked to more than just NRA Republicans found 82 percent support for raising the legal age to purchase guns to 21. That’s a lot of support (to put it mildly).