In a stunning move, the NRA takes a dig at President Trump

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President Trump appears to prefer talking about gun control over passing

Chris Cox, the chief lobbyist for the NRA, and US President Donald Trump.

We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from risky people. She said the only specific promise Trump made to the NRA was that "he'll support the Second Amendment. #NRA #MAGA", the tweet reads.

President Trump held a meeting with lawmakers to discuss school and community safety.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to provide a readout on the meeting beyond Trump's tweet.

Prior to the meeting, four Democratic senators led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, urged Trump to support background checks on all gun sales that "closes those loopholes for good".

Did Wednesday's meeting at the White House between President Donald Trump and congressional lawmakers create a potential path? Trump made clear he was looking for more and accused lawmakers of being "petrified" of the gun lobby.

Throughout Wednesday's meeting, Trump described the Toomey-Manchin proposal to expand background checks to gun show sales and online purchases as a possible base for building a comprehensive gun measure.

The Feb. 14 massacre of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, could be a tipping point in the long-stalled gun control movement.

The NRA opposed the Toomey-Manchin background check bill, and when Toomey faced a hard re-election in 2016, the powerful gun-rights group downgraded the Pennsylvanian's "A" rating to a "C".

He tweeted in response to a post by top NRA lobbyist Chris Cox, who summarized the meeting by saying that "we want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from risky people" and "support due process and don't want gun control".

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The powerful National Rifle Association does not support banning them, and Democrats around the table predicted a fierce pushback against any compromise measure unless the president brings Republicans to the table who will defy them.

"This is about the president", Manchin said. He said: "NEW: President Trump to meet with video game industry executives next week as part of ongoing debate over school safety".

"The president on national TV said very clearly he supported addressing gun violence in a comprehensive way and specifically endorsed expanded background check legislation", said Drew Hamill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's spokesman.

The proposal Trump supports would incentivize local and federal authorities to comply with existing law in reporting criminal records to the system.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania acknowledges the bill he's sponsoring with Democratic Sen.

Toomey said Thursday that Trump called him to express support for the background checks bill "as the core legislative vehicle" for what Congress does on guns.

"We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens", Stack said in a letter. Scalise has said lawmakers should focus on mental health and law enforcement issues rather than banning guns. The NRA and other groups say raising the age would deprive young people of their constitutional right to own firearms.

Bump stocks are a device that allow semi-automatic weapons, such as the AR-15, to mimic the firing rate of automatic weapons, which are already the subject of strict regulation.

He says he's told NRA officials it's time to act.

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