White House unveils new gun policies; local veteran weighs in

The White House is announcing new gun policies today. One of the major proposals includes arming teachers.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 9:34 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The White House is announcing new gun policies today. One of the major proposals includes arming teachers.

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This comes after the school shooting in Parkland, FL.

A local Terre Haute veteran is weighing in on the gun debate. Michael Egy served in the Marines when he was only 19 years old.

One major topic he does not support is raising the age to buy a gun. Instead, he would like to see tighter background checks.

Egy wants more medical information to be public, so gun stores will be able to see mental health issues during a background check.

He believes the number of guns is not the answer to reduce crime.
“Actually I think if everybody carried a gun it would decrease crime,” said Egy. “In the Wild West it wasn't as wild as it used to be, or what people thought it was. If you pulled a gun in the Old West, you looked around and you had 20 other guns pointed at you.”

The new federal proposals aim to improve background checks. The White House also plans to overhaul parts of the mental health system.

President Donald Trump says they are not addressing the age requirement in the current legislation. Instead, they are leaving that decision up to a new school safety task force. The task force will be headed up by Education Secretary Betsy Devos.

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