Democrats Try to Pressure Senate Republicans on Gun Control

Kathryn Gamble

Democrats in the House of Representatives held a news conference with relatives and friends of mass shooting victims to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call the upper chamber back from an August recess for a vote on gun control legislation that has already been approved by the House. He wants to do something.

"I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something", Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart New Jersey for an event in Pittsburgh.

In a brief conversation with reporters after the event, Hoyer suggested House Democrats would not accept a more narrow background check bill, as some Senate Republicans have floated.

However, some experts are pouring cold water on the rhetoric, pointing out after the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida the president at first gave indications he would back tightening background checks for those who purchase guns only to back away, NBC reported.

Two senior Senate Democrats on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to withdraw his $5 billion request for border wall funding and use the money on initiatives to combat gun violence in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

The White House, which originally threatened to veto the House legislation, is now reassessing the package, according to sources familiar with the matter.

"She called Manchin and said she was trying to get a sense of what bills are out there", one of Manchin's aide told Axios. "These officials have tried to relay their concerns to Trump, encouraging him to advocate for so-called "red flag" laws instead, but he has not been receptive, they said". He said the panel could discuss measures banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and making it easier for authorities to confiscate guns from unstable people.

"The dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism in this country are a national security threat plain and simple, and it's time the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress starting treating them as such", Schumer said in a statement provided to Politico.



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