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Trump’s Retreat Leaves Congress Adrift on Guns

  • President seems to backtrack after endorsing gun safety plans
  • Instead of guns, Senate to debate a banking bill this week
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Guns in America

President Donald Trump has left Congress in the lurch once again, this time seeming to retreat just days after endorsing gun safety legislation to try to end the nation’s grim succession of school-shooting massacres.

Trump’s surprise embrace last Wednesday of gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, including a higher age limit for buying assault weapons, briefly reset the debate. Companies also raced to sever ties with the pro-gun lobby. Then, the president’s position seemed to melt -- just as it had on immigration legislation weeks earlier -- after a private Thursday dinner with the NRA’s top lobbyist and Vice President Mike Pence.