The ‘Never Again’ campaign by students in the United States, particularly students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for tighter gun regulation, looks set to be undermined.
America’s National Rifle Association, NRA, seems to be having its way in the corridor of power in Washington.
This is because White House’s proposals to tackle the threat of mass shootings in US schools fall short of a call by President Donald Trump himself to raise the age limit for buying assault rifles.
Following the outcry that trailed the gruesome murder of 17 students and staff last month by a former pupil of Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz, 19, Trump had said he would work to raise the limit from 18 to 21.
But his actual action plan now passes the issue to a new federal commission on school safety.
Expectedly, eyebrows are being raised.
Chuck Schumer, leader of the opposition Democrats in the Senate, has gone on Twitter to dismiss the action plan as “baby steps”.
Similarly, Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, describes President Trump’s renege on his promise as disappointing and troubling, pointing out that “Americans is expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence.
Trump, it seems has come under pressure from the country’s main gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), not to change existing legislation.
Already, the NRA has taken legal action against Florida, which has passed a law raising the legal age for gun purchase to 21, besides allowing for training and arming of school staff.
According to the NRA, the bill signed off by Republican governor, Rick Scott, a staunch gun lobbyist, violates the US Constitution.