In a heated exchange on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump called on the nation’s lawmakers to carry out immediate changes in gun control policies in the aftermath of the deadly shooting in Florida.

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for immediate changes in gun control policy in the country, calling for stricter background checks and a ban on bump stocks. The president also called for raising the minimum age for assault rifle purchases.

In an hour-long White House speech, Trump slammed US lawmakers for being “afraid of the NRA.” The accusation came after an exchange with Republican Senator Pat Toomey concerning raising the age for buying assault rifles from 18 to 21, a move Trump said he supported.

In addition, Trump accused the lawmakers of not getting enough done to carry out stricter background checks. “You have a different president now,” said Trump. “You went through a lot of presidents and you didn’t get it done. “

 “You have to be very, very powerful on background checks,” Trump stressed. “People want to see something happen.”

The aftermath of the deadly shooting in Parkland sparked a renewed debate on gun control in the US. As reported by JOL earlier today, Walmart announced on Wednesday it is raising the minimum age for purchasing firearms. “Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change,” the company stated.