President Donald Trump on Monday voiced his support for stricter gun laws when it comes to how background checks are conducted, urging passage of such a law in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.
Trump’s remarks came after two such incidents occurred. In El Paso, Texas, at least 20 individuals were killed by a gunman in a Walmart; in Dayton, Ohio, at least nine individuals were killed on Sunday morning, USA Today reported.
Trump didn’t provide details of how he wanted background checks strengthened, but gave broad support of the idea in a tweet he issued on Monday morning. He also suggested that a background check bill passed by Congress could be placed alongside an immigration reform bill, a move that some may view as questionable as the recent spate of violence had nothing to do with immigration, beyond at least one of the shooter’s hatred of immigrants.
“Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform,” Trump wrote. “We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives in February passed a gun background check bill that would require such checks on all gun purchases, including those by private sellers or at gun shows. The Republican-controlled Senate, however, has stalled on consideration of the bill, Pacific Standard reported, essentially blocking it from going anywhere prior to the events of the weekend.
That bill, had it passed the Senate in spite of steep opposition there, would have faced another hurdle from President Donald Trump — he had promised to veto it had it reached his desk, CNBC reported in February.
Trump also promised to be “very strong” on background checks in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2017, after which he backtracked from the promise, watering down his pledge, the Washington Post noted. No legislation came about from that promise.
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