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Teachers and school staff to be given weapons training, White House says

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The commission does not have a set timeline of when it will report its findings, although an official said it would be within one year.

"There has been a lot of talk and too little action", DeVos said on a call Sunday.

The announcement of the commission comes less than a day after Trump criticized blue-ribbon committees at a rally in Pennsylvania, saying, "We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees", adding that they do nothing but "talk, talk, talk".

Further, the administration voiced support for legislation dubbed the "STOP School Violence Act", which would provide states with funding for training, technology and other assistance to help schools identify and prevent violent acts.

Trump's apparent reversal from proposing to raise the age young people can buy military assault-style weapons like the AR-15 that was used in the Parkland school shooting is a startling turnaround.

The proposals were described by the White House on Sunday as the culmination of weeks of meetings the president and senior officials have held since the 14 February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed.

President Trump's plan to combat school shootings will include a push to put armed staff in schools and raise the minimum age to buy certain guns - but appears to fall short of including universal background checks for gun buyers.

Trump is urging the House of Representatives and Senate to pass bills that would strengthen criminal background checks for gun purchases, and which would implement violence prevention programs.

Tapping into Justice Department resources and finances, the government will help states partner with law enforcement agencies to train school personnel who volunteer, the White House explained. The state's controversial "guardian program" - opposed by the Florida Education Association - will allow some school employees and teachers to carry handguns with law enforcement training if a school district agrees to participate in the program.

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The White House plans to release more details about the plan Sunday night, almost a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead.

Mass shootings are the most high-profile type of firearms violence in the United States, which sees more than 30,000 gun-related deaths each year.

The administration is backing the "Fix NICS" bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that's created to improve the database used to check the backgrounds of would-be gun buyers.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest professional union in the United States, has said that parents and educators "overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff". "It should all be at 21", Trump said in late February.

While the congressman says the recommendations for congressional actions would be "a small, positive first step", he said he believes they are "insufficient".

Last, the administration wants to better integrate mental health, primary care and family services programs, and the president has ordered a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, he said.

Trump also supports a ban on bump stocks, devices that allow weapons to fire like machine guns.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue, as well as a long list of others topics, as part of a longer-term look at school safety and violence.

"The President has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21 for purchasing certain firearms", Shah said.

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