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Why Trump drags his feet on guns

Kristi Gilroy (right) hugs a young woman at a police checkpoint near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

President Trump didn't mention the word "gun" during his six-minute statement on the Florida high-school shooting. That wasn't an accident. Trump is uniquely positioned for a "Nixon to China" moment on gun control, because no political figure in America has as much potential to push bipartisan gun control legislation, given his credibility on the issue with the Republican base.

Why it matters: Sources familiar with Trump's thinking say that, on this issue, the president doesn't want to go to China.