Sunday shows preview: Debate over gun control heats up

Sunday shows preview: Debate over gun control heats up
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The debate over gun control is raging in Washington more than a week after a deadly shooting at a South Florida high school.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE has signaled support for some measures, including a plan to strengthen the nation's background check system and raise the minimum age for purchasing firearms. 

But he has also homed in on proposals to arm trained teachers and do away with gun-free zones around school campuses, which Democrats have largely dismissed as non-starters. 


The gun control debate resurfaced last week after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale. That attack left 17 people dead and 14 others injured. 

The suspect in the shooting, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. 

The student survivors of the attack have emerged as some of the most vocal advocates for gun control reform, and have sought to pressure lawmakers to take action with a series of protests and walkouts.

One of those students, David Hogg, who has become one of the most vocal proponents for restricting access to guns, is set to appear Sunday on ABC's "This Week." He'll be joined by Ashley Kurtz, a teacher at the school. 

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, whose office has been criticized in recent days after media reports indicated that deputies waited outside the school during the shooting, is expected to appear on CNN's "State of the Union."

The Sunday morning lineup is also expected to include a host of lawmakers, including Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchLawmakers feel pressure on guns Gingrich says arming teachers only long-term solution to school shootings Florida Dem: The ‘world has heard’ high school shooting survivors MORE (D-Fla.), who represents the district encompassing Parkland, and Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Cook Political Report moves 21 House races toward Dems The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Fla.), who has come out in favor of a ban on assault-style weapons.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC's "Meet the Press": Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyTop GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying Overnight Tech: FCC won't fine Colbert over Trump joke | Trump budget slashes science funding | Net neutrality comment period opens MORE (R-Pa.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Dems seek reversal of nursing home regulatory rollback MORE (D-Minn.) will be on. Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieTrump promises ‘big week’ for infrastructure, eyes foreign aid Rand Paul revels in role of Senate troublemaker Winners and losers from the overnight shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) will also make an appearance.

"Fox News Sunday": Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will be on the show. Andrew Pollack, a man whose daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting will be on, as will Delaney Tarr, a senior at the school.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) will be on. He'll be joined by Mast and Deutch. A survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, Austin Eubanks, will go on as well. So will Michele Gay, whose daughter was killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Another parent of a Sandy Hook victim, Nicole Hockley, will be on, and so will Andy Parker, whose daughter was killed during a live news broadcast in Virginia in 2015. Orlando Police Chief John Mina will also make an appearance.

CNN's "State of the Union": Israel will be on the show. He'll be joined by Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers feel pressure on guns Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting MORE (D-Conn.). 

ABC's "This Week": Hogg and Kurtz will appear on the program. John Kasich (R) and John Hickenlooper (D), the governors of Ohio and Colorado, respectively, will also be on, as will Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association.