President Trump insists he and GOP want stronger gun background checks

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

It's been nearly two weeks since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that killed 22 and nine respectively, meaning the diversionary thoughts-and-prayers phase has ended, and the denial of gun control measures in the Senate can begin.

"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request.

The suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting that left 22 dead told officers that he had targeted Mexicans, according to a police affidavit.

Trump provided no details on what he and McConnell may have planned.

Trump asked for an additional $8.6 billion in his latest budget for border barriers, including $5 billion from Department of Homeland Security construction accounts and $3.6 billion for the Pentagon to assist with the project. Some options on the table include universal background checks of gun purchasers and semi-automatic weapon bans.

"There is nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac", the president said.

"As I told the president, we can't get a bill if he and the GOP give the gun lobby veto power", Murphy also tweeted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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