How much gun control does Trump want

Trump signals support for gun controls

US President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve the screening of gun buyers, said President's Office spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. He said this in a conversation with Republican Senator John Cornyn two days after the rampage at a high school in Florida last week.

The conversation was about a bill that Cornyn and his Democratic colleague Chris Murphy had submitted. This aims to make authorities more strictly obliged to carefully feed relevant information on criminal offenses into the national database, which is used when checking potential arms buyers.

Survivors plan "March for Our Lives"

At the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people with a rapid-fire rifle on Wednesday. Surviving students of the massacre on March 24th in Washington want to demonstrate for stricter gun laws with a "march for our lives". The rally is particularly directed against the great influence of the gun lobby NRA.

As the high school students told ABC television, rallies are planned in other parts of the country in addition to the March on Washington. Emma Gonzalez was among the students who called for the protests. The 18-year-old condemned US President Donald Trump's handling of gun violence in an angry speech on Saturday. "Shame on you," she said at an anti-weapons demonstration in Fort Lauderdale and criticized Trump's proximity to the gun lobby. The Florida school massacre must have been "the last mass shooting," she said. Her emotional appeal attracted worldwide attention.

With an emotional speech, the US student Emma Gonzales called for stricter gun laws

Trump wants to "listen" to teachers and students

Gonzales and other students from the affected high school plan to take part in a nationwide debate on CNN on Wednesday. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who has been criticized for accepting millions of dollars in donations from the gun lobby, announced his participation in the discussion. Also on Wednesday, Trump wants to meet with students and teachers in order to "listen" to them, as the White House announced.

As in previous rampages of this kind, the massacre fueled calls for a tightening of the gun laws. Trump and the Republicans have so far strictly opposed bans on carrying weapons. The gun lobby is one of the main financial backers of Republican candidates in elections. Approaches for stricter gun laws or regulations - mostly from the ranks of the Democrats - have so far encountered bitter resistance.

myk / stu (rtrd, afp, dpa)