In a nationally-televised interaction with lawmakers on the thorny issue of gun control, President Donald Trump on Wednesday stunned both Republicans and Democrats with his push for a set of strong measurers that clearly did not go down with well one of his strongest support groups - the gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
"You know why", Trump scoffed.
"We are going to continue to work to pass policies that might actually prevent another horrific tragedy". The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has previously ruled that the devices are legal, likely meaning Congress will have to act on the issue. But Trump's ideas to arm many teachers, lift the minimum age for purchasing assault rifles to 21 and impose stricter background checks were falling flat.
"TRUMP THE GUN GRABBER", a headline on Breitbart's homepage read. The President has made no bones about his desire to keep people from having guns if there are questions about the mental health of that person.
If any GOP president could have the ability to test gun control positions without a devastating backlash from his base, it could be the president who once - ironically - bragged he could "shoot somebody" on Fifth Avenue and not lose votes.
Trump was referring to criticism against law enforcement officials, including an armed guard at the school who failed to swiftly respond to the gun massacre in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month. "Go through due process second", Trump said at the White House. That did not get a fond reception in Congress.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday stunned Republicans and appeased Democrats in a freewheeling White House meeting on gun control.
On Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders denied that report, saying, "The president still supports raising the age limit to 21 for the purchase of certain firearms".
And while many viewers and participants no doubt left feeling enthusiastic and optimistic, Trump repeatedly has proven he will say one thing and do the exact opposite. But he added: "That doesn't mean we have to agree on everything", he said.
"You're not going to get concealed carry approved", the President said, rejecting the idea two separate times, even as Republicans said it was something that needed to be included. "Now, some people are going to disagree with that, and I understand that", he said. "You can do this", said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).
It was a remarkable shift for the president, who has frequently touted his endorsement from the NRA, and cast himself as a supporter of gun rights and gun owners.
Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of CT, a leading gun control advocate on Capitol Hill, urged the administration to follow through on the president's words Wednesday. And then he put a temporary kibosh on the NRA's top legislative priority - an expansion of concealed carry rights - and complimented one of the most outspoken gun-control proponents, Democratic Sen.