Unified Dems press Trump, GOP on curbing guns

Kathryn Gamble

Kathryn Gamble

Democrats said that more than 250 mass shootings have occurred in the United States this year. But the request will nevertheless serve as a way for Democrats to keep the issue of gun control in the news as Congress remains on recess.

House Democrats renewed their demand that Republicans immediately reconvene the Senate and pass a background check bill that cleared the House six months ago. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia argued that McConnell is trying to run out the clock.

"There's nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac", the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One on Tuesday.

Ryan said, "The legislation we have at the Senate has the support of 80 to 90% of the American people, over 70% of hunters and gun owners support a universal background check".

For the senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell doesn't have a whole lot of interest in governing.

Trump also said he'd had "a very good conversation" with Sen.

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Some Republicans, though, have questioned the kind of background check legislation Mr. Trump appears to be backing.

Mr. Trump said Tuesday he thinks Mr. McConnell "wants to do something".

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

The committee could return from recess in early September to consider gun measures, according people familiar with the panel's plans who weren't authorized to speak on the record.

Schumer will ask that Trump reallocate the border-wall funds funds, which he appropriated without congressional consent by declaring a national emergency, to programs such as the Department of Homeland Security counter-violent extremism programs, FBI domestic-terrorism investigations, and Centers for Disease Control gun-violence research, Politico reported on Monday.

Schumer's plea appeared to largely be an attempt to frame the issue politically, and it seemed highly unlikely Trump will heed it.

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