Sen. Blunt: Trump Needs To 'Step Up' On Gun Violence Prevention

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

That prompted a letter to Trump Monday from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking for his support on gun control legislation.

Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley, whose community lost nine people in an August 4 mass shooting, joined the Democrats calling for the Senate to vote on the House's background check bill.

The NRA's response to the two mass shootings in Texas was a "personal protection expo" in Fort Worth, a three-day event earlier this month that included 120 seminars.

Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley were also present for the press conference. The bill, approved in February, would expand background checks to cover private sales such as one that allowed a Texas shooting suspect to purchase his weapon before killing seven people last month.

Trump has acknowledged conversations with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, detailing that organization's worries that any legislation responding to mass shootings would create a "slippery slope" leading to an erosion of gun rights. Congress openly votes. The president signs the bill into law or vetoes it. Force Trump to stop vacillating and to sign or veto bills.

Democrats are also set to consider a handful of other gun control provisions later this week in the Judiciary committee. On the table are so-called "red flag" laws to address mentally ill people owning firearms, limitations on magazine capacities for assault-style weapons, and, most importantly for Democrats, increased background checks to include almost every private and commercial transaction involving a gun, eliminating the gun show and online loopholes.

And the White House needs to pick up the pace on negotiations with Congress over a revised NAFTA trade agreement if Trump's top legislative priority, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, is to become law this year.

Ueland and other White House officials bristle when Republicans say they are not sure what Trump would support.

"As I drop my kids off at school in a Republican region and in a line of minivans and SUVs ... nine out of 10 of those folks don't have a problem with background checks", he said. "It's something they understand that we have to do as Americans because we are part of a greater society".

But Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the No. 4 in Senate GOP leadership, made clear Sunday that the president's shifts are confusing.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, a leading gun control advocate, issued a statement on Monday saying that "time is running short" to strike a deal on a background check bill that could pass Congress. We're dealing with Republicans.

"There isn't anyone whose political survival is more important than the survival of children", Pelosi, D-Calif., said alongside Schumer. He said the White House team talked about "a suite of solutions" and that background checks "are certainly on the table". "They can't escape that responsibility". "We are not taking no for an answer". "We are not going away".

"What courage does it take to support legislation that will save lives?" Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that has failed in previous votes.

Republicans and Democrats both say one of voters' chief concerns is the high cost of prescription drugs. Schumer added that too many Americans are losing their lives to gun violence because of loopholes in the federal background check system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the Senate's plans for September, addressing the upcoming departure of Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, who is leaving the Senate for health reasons.

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