Anger in France, Britain over Trump's gun law speech

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"France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump's comments about the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015 and demands that the memory of the victims be respected", the foreign office said in a statement.

"Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, said Trump in his address to the NRA at its annual meeting".

Diane Abbott, the opposition Labour Party's spokeswoman for home affairs, said she could "hardly see how violent crime in London justifies the licensing of guns in the US".

"You know what I said?" Trump did not elaborate on how the Second Amendment was under siege. This makes the second year in a row that President Trump's visit is one for the history books.

Former French president Francois Hollande, who was head of state at the time, said on Twitter that Trump's comments and antics were "shameful" and "obscene". His remark came after he temporarily strayed from their strong anti-gun control message in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida - only to later return to the fold.

Survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead are leading a massive national gun control movement. At that meeting, he chided Republican Senator Pat Toomey for "being afraid of the NRA".

"It's kind of hypocritical of him to go there after saying so many politicians bow to the NRA and are owned by them", Hogg said.

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"France expresses its firm disapproval of the comments by President Trump about the attacks of Nov 13, 2015, in Paris and asks for respect of the memory of the victims", foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement. Researchers have noted that gun deaths in other developed countries are a tiny fraction of those in the U.S.

Trump stopped short of calling for universal background checks, though he endorsed a bill making improvements to the federal database used to screen would-be gun buyers. While the GOP-controlled House passed the measure, Trump argued it's a non-starter in the closely divided Senate.

Trump initially expressed enthusiasm for measures to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to seize guns temporarily from people reported to be risky.

Back in February, Trump had praised members of the gun lobby as "great patriots" but declared "that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything".

The NRA has opposed such laws in the past.

Trauma surgeons in London said US President Donald Trump had missed the point after he linked a wave of knife crime in the British capital to a ban on handguns. "But we also resolve to confront this menace with all our strength".

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