Trump defies party stance in push for tight gun reform bill

Mar 01, 2018, 6:23 AM EST
Deadly shooting at Florida high school has outraged Americans.
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During an hour-long meeting with congressional Republicans and Democrats, U.S. President Donald Trump took a break from his party’s orthodoxy on gun control, urging the lawmakers from both sides come up with strong gun control bill.

Trump, faced with stinging brute questions and raw emotions in the aftermath of the deadly Florida school shooting, asked the lawmakers to not be “petrified” by the mighty National Rifle Association (N.R.A.), writes the BBC.

Trump’s endorsement of a “strong” gun reform bill stunned the legislators from both the parties, with some Republicans turning on the president and even calling him a “gun grabber” who “cedes” to Democrats, notes The Guardian.