Seventeen Republican and Democratic senators and representatives were invited to the White House for the fourth such gun policy discussion that Trump has hosted in a week.
President Trump has a plan for dealing with armed people who could be unsafe: Confiscate the guns first and ask questions in court later. On camera, he'd pushed to raise the age at which an individual can purchase a rifle from 18 to 21 even after a weekend lunch with officials from the National Rifle Association, who have publicly opposed the change.
Steve Kelly, a spokesman for Toomey, noted that his boss has continuously supported the bill he co-wrote with Manchin to expand background checks.
Mr Rubio, whose state saw 49 people gunned down at an Orlando night club in 2016, has said he does not support the arming of teachers, as Mr Trump has suggested, but was in favour of raising the legal age to buy more types of guns to 21 from 18.
So Trump is on his own, causing chaos for his own party and guaranteeing that nothing will get done.
Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranked Republican in the chamber, was discussing possible time agreements and amendment structures with Connecticut Democratic Sens.
No bills related to guns, or school safety are on the schedule at this point in either the House or Senate, even as lawmakers and the President said action was needed, and needed now.
"There is an acknowledgment that we should do something", one GOP senator told me.
Asked about guns early Wednesday, Bacon referred to a devastating mortar attack during his time in Iraq.
That legislation has failed in Congress twice over the past five years, and it fell short again in the House on Tuesday as Republicans rejected an effort by Democrats to bring it up for a vote.
Republicans returned to Capitol Hill still a bit unsettled by what they'd heard. There was little appetite to do more. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has found new momentum since it was first introduced after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that left 20 children dead. "If you're going to put concealed carry between states into this bill, we're talking about a whole new ball game", he said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, was skeptical "comprehensive" could work.
"I think that's ideal if you could do it all at once", Rubio said. But he also noted, "I think reasonable people can disagree about this".
Instead, Senate Republicans are hoping to consider more modest legislation from Sens.
"My takeaway is that we like to start with background checks and build from there and see where we can get consensus", Cornyn said.
Ryan's comments made it clear that more aggressive gun limits, like a ban on the military-style rifle used by the 19-year-old Parkland shooter, were unlikely to gain traction in Congress.
Trump suggested using his bill as a base and attaching other proposals to pass "one great piece of legislation".
Trump challenged Republicans at times throughout the listening session. "We've got to stop this nonsense".
The hour-long meeting with lawmakers was reminiscent of one in January on immigration, when he told lawmakers to come up with a good bill and he would take the "heat" from critics.
Toomey said he was concerned that raising the purchasing age would infringe on the rights of law-abiding young people. "We're going over various bills that are out there to try to provide safety in the schools".
"Strong leaders don't automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them", Sasse said in a press release. "Go through due process second".