Schumer says border wall money should be used to fight gun violence

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up the issue next month, and President Donald Trump has indicated his support for some type of change. Though there have been more mass shootings than days this year, McConnell's aides have reportedly let it be known that their boss doesn't intend to endorse any gun control legislation.

President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he and Sen. He adds, "He wants to do background checks and I do too".

A lot of Republicans don't.

Still, Democrats' moves underscore their focus on an issue that largely unites them - responding to the massacres that killed 31 people - and away from the party's hand-wringing over whether to impeach Trump, a question that deeply divides Democrats.

The White House has threatened that Trump would veto that bill. Congress is out of town on recess until a week after Labor Day. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.

Schumer's plan to ask Trump for the shift in funding priorities was first reported by Politico and confirmed Tuesday morning by someone familiar with Schumer's thinking, who requested anonymity to share internal deliberations.

Trump provided no specifics and it was unclear how tough a background check measure they might consider. "What I want to see here is an outcome". McConnell has said that once Congress is back in session, legislation to expand background checks of prospective gun buyers and so-called red flag laws to allow firearms to be confiscated from people believed to pose a threat would be "front and center".

"What we can't do is fail to pass something", McConnell said.

Schumer is preparing to formally request that the $5 billion Trump's administration would like spent on a border wall instead go to countering gun violence.

Hoyer said the Democratic-run House Judiciary Committee will consider gun control legislation, though he stopped short of saying they would hold votes.

The suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting that left 22 dead told officers that he had targeted Mexicans, according to a police affidavit.

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