After President Donald Trump notably taunted one USA senator pushing a gun bill by saying the lawmaker was “afraid of the NRA”, Sen. “The U.S. Background Check Bill, or whatever”, Trump said.
For example, one of the sources said the plan was to roll out a policy that would make it easier for a judge to weigh in on whether someone with a mental illness should have a firearm. “We have to stop this nonsense”.
This joint session between the President and Congress was prompted after the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead.
“This is the moment when business leaders across the country get to decide if they want to stand on the right side of history”, said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Acton for Gun Sense in America.
Murphy is one of the most vocal gun control advocates in Congress and sees the Fix NICS bill as just the first step of many on gun control.
“This is going to be an ongoing process and something we don’t expect to happen overnight, but something we’ll continue to be engaged in”, she added. “The White House can now launch a lobbying campaign to get universal background checks passed, as the president promised in this meeting, or they can sit and do nothing”, Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said. Trump panned the bipartisan bill as little more than a building block for the “beautiful” and “comprehensive” legislation he envisioned would protect Americans from mass shootings. “What is different is that we have the loosest, most lax gun laws”. And nothing gooses sales like the threat of new limits on guns. Democrats appealed to Trump to use his influence on Capitol Hill.
EA had no comment on whether its executives would be meeting with Trump when reached for comment by IGN. 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.
“You don’t know until you’re tested”, Trump said, but “I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too”.
“Let’s think about how ridiculous that is”, Toomey said. “The kids have spoken up”.
The rift between corporate America and the gun lobby is growing.
Trump also criticized authorities for not acting on multiple warnings about the Parkland shooter in the months leading up to the massacre.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said banking legislation – not guns – would be at the top of the agenda next week, and said the process for gun-related bills was still under discussion. That announcement will likely include goals for background checks and bump stocks, though whether age restrictions will be specifically addressed remains unclear, according to an administration official who sought anonymity to discuss private conversations.
A co-sponsor of that bill, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has proposed new federal grant funding to stem school violence. We don’t spend less money on law enforcement.
That enthusiasm so far isn’t shared publicly by Senate Republican leadership.
Sanders indicated that Trump may leave the issue to the states rather than pursuing congressional action. At one point Mr. Trump accused Toomey, the co-author of a modest gun control proposal on background checks, of being “afraid of the NRA”.
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Trump also stressed the importance of strengthening the background check system and once again said he pressed the National Rifle Association over the weekend on the need for action. It was introduced last fall after the shooting of churchgoers in Texas.
“But right now we don’t have that”, Cornyn added.
But after Trump’s pronouncements this week, that legislation hardly mattered.