By Sarah KliffPublished September 14, 2018 07:01:59In the wake of a horrific school shooting in the state of California, President Donald Trump and his top advisers are trying to come up with a solution to a tragedy that has already claimed the lives of two students and injured five more.
The National Rifle Association has urged law enforcement to use a modified version of the AR-15, which allows for rapid reloading.
But Trump’s own National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, told Fox News Sunday that the modified weapon could not be used to take out a mass shooting.
A senior White House official told Fox’s Chris Wallace Sunday that a modified AR-20, an older version of a semi-automatic weapon used by the military, could not possibly be used for mass murder.
The official said it is “a question of common sense” to keep an AR-16 and a semiautomatic AR-10, which can be used by law enforcement, at home.
The AR-14 was used by police in the recent mass shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
The White House said it would not comment on reports that the ARs were used by someone at the school.
But the AR’s maker, Smith &Wesson, said in a statement that the rifle was used in one incident.
The company said it had no information on the other shooting.
Flynn has been in regular contact with the National Rifle Associations senior executive, Stephen Miller, since the shooting at Oregon State University.
Miller told Fox on Sunday that he did not have any idea what had happened at Oregon or any details about it.
He said the incident was being investigated by the FBI.
Furthemore, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office in nearby Douglas County, told CNN the sheriff is confident the shooter was not a law enforcement officer.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.