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US mood makes Trump consider gun control

Corporations and politicians under pressure as anti-gun sentiment remains strong

Workers removing a billboard in Las Vegas on Thursday after vandals struck. The words "school kid" were put over ".50 caliber", and "Defend lives reform laws" was added to the ad for a machine gun range.
Workers removing a billboard in Las Vegas on Thursday after vandals struck. The words "school kid" were put over ".50 caliber", and "Defend lives reform laws" was added to the ad for a machine gun range.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Within days of shocking gun control advocates by calling for teachers to be armed, President Donald Trump has disconcerted pro-gun advocates with noises about raising the minimum age for buying assault rifles to 21 and banning bump stocks that allow guns to fire like automatic weapons.

After listening last week to students who survived the Feb 14 mass shooting which left 17 dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Mr Trump is set to meet executives of video game companies next week to discuss school violence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'US mood makes Trump consider gun control'. Subscribe