President Trump holds listening session with parents, students to prevent school massacres

President Trump speaks at the Public Safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday

The White House statement comes as shooting survivors and other young people press for more gun control in a rising chorus of grief and activism.

While there have been no reports that the shooter in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting last week that killed 17 people used such a device, a shooter last October in Las Vegas who massacred 59 people and wounded hundreds others did use bump stocks. The president also indicated that he has ordered his administration to work towards a ban on "bump stocks", devices that enable semi-automatic weapons to function as fully-automatic ones. Such devices were used during the deadly Las Vegas shooting in October previous year. The shooter in Las Vegas allegedly used bump stocks during his attack.

"I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns", Trump said at a White House event Tuesday.

Trump told Sessions he wants the new federal guidelines finalized "very soon".

The White House says the president will host a "listening session" with students and teachers on Wednesday and will discuss school safety with state and local officials on Thursday.

The February 14 shooting in Florida has galvanised students across the country to rally in favour of stronger gun laws.

High school students gathered outside of the White House on February 19 for a peaceful protest about gun control five days after the devastating school shooting in Parkland, Florida. It puts Trump at odds with powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association that previously opposed efforts to ban them.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy took to Twitter to react writing quote "Sign after sign this week that we've hit a fulcrum point in this debate where politicians are, for the first time, scared on the political consequences of inaction on guns".

The suspect in that shooting, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was armed with an AR-15 style rifle that he had purchased legally, authorities said.

Congress has yet to pass any legislation on gun modifications.

The House passed a version of the bill in December that would actually loosen some gun regulations by allowing certain licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.

This week, the president has signaled his support for at least two narrow provisions to tighten gun laws.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement Tuesday that the DOJ has "acted quickly" on the measure to propose bump fire stock bans, noting it was a "priority for the President".

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