Trump calls on lawmakers to pass gun background check law

Ross Houston
August 5, 2019

The president returned to Washington D.C. from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Sunday night, briefly speaking to reporters about the tragedies that left at least 20 dead in Texas and at least nine dead in Ohio.

President Trump said the victims of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend can not die in vain and suggested Democrats and Republicans work together, tying background checks and immigration reform so that something positive will come from the attacks.

"We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!".

He said: "We can never forget them, and those many who came before them".

Tying gun control to immigration would likely risk muddying two already contentious issues. The Democrat-controlled House approved legislation requiring background checks for all gun sales in February, but that bill has stalled in the Senate.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has demanded that McConnell call the Senate back from its August recess.

While many are pointing to President Trump's own racist rhetoric for the rise in white supremacist violence in the U.S., Trump tweeted Monday morning that the media has a "big responsibility to life and safety in our country".

Trump is expected to deliver additional remarks at the White House Monday morning. "God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio", Trump tweeted. Police have not released a possible motive behind the attack, and two federal law enforcement sources have told CNN that a preliminary assessment of the shooter's writings did not indicate any racial or political motive.

The President has so far not commented on accusations from Democrats that his language on immigration contributed to the El Paso shooting, but did say Sunday, "Hate has no place in our country and we're gonna take care of it".

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