'President Donald Trump has called on politicians on both sides of the aisle to back stronger background checks for gun owners in the wake of the Florida high school massacre.
'Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!' Trump tweeted on Tuesday night.
This was the first time he has said he supports background checks for people looking to buy guns.
His push for stricter gun control comes as thousands of students and parents have called on him and his administration to make a change and prevent any further mass shootings.
The tweet also comes just hours after Trump took action to outlaw bump stocks like the one used in the Las Vegas massacre last fall.
'I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,' Trump said in the wake of a Florida massacre in which the killer did not use such a device.
Trump's directive, which he pointedly brought up at a White House Medal of Valor ceremony, followed his press secretary's announcement minutes before that the president had ordered his administration to look at ways it could unilaterally deter mass shootings like the one in Parkland.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also said that Trump had not closed the door on new gun controls, including an assault weapons ban that is unpopular with the president's base.'
Read more: Trump calls on Republicans AND Democrats to support stronger background checks just hours after proposing banning bump stocks in new drive for gun control following the Parkland massacre
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