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PoliticsTrump says he wants to strengthen gun background checks

16:50  07 august  2019
16:50  07 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Trump Endorses Background Checks, Rules Out Assault Weapons Ban

Trump Endorses Background Checks, Rules Out Assault Weapons Ban President Donald Trump endorsed an expansion of background checks for U.S. gun buyers following the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but said there’s “no political appetite” to renew a ban on military-style rifles. “I’m looking to do background checks,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House on Wednesday to visit the two violence-stricken cities. “I think background checks are important.” While he said there’s not enough support in Congress to re-enact what was commonly known as the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, he indicated he would discuss the idea with lawmakers.

Trump said he wants legislation providing “strong background checks ” for gun users, but he provided scant details and has reneged on After other mass shootings he called for strengthening the federal background check system, and in 2018 he signed legislation to increase federal agency

President Donald Trump claimed Monday he wants legislation providing "strong background checks " for gun users, but he provided no Trump tweeted Monday about the weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 29 dead and dozens wounded. He suggested that a background check bill could

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wanted to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, a policy response to two recent mass shootings that was notably absent from proposals he put before the American people in televised remarks on Monday.

Trump says he wants to strengthen gun background checks © Kevin Lamarque President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House as he departs on travel to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, on August 7, 2019.

Trump made the remarks at the White House as he prepared to leave for Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, where two shootings over the weekend killed 31 people.

Speaking to reporters, Trump rejected criticism that his rhetoric has helped fuel division and stoke violence. He said there was no political appetite to ban assault rifles, as many Democrats would like.

Reporting by Nandita Bose; writing by Tim Ahmann; editing by Bernadette Baum

Trump zeros in on mental health, supports background checks to fight gun violence.
“These people are mentally ill,” Trump said of mass shooters, “and nobody talks about that.” Mental illness is a frequent talking point among Republican lawmakers when dealing with gun violence, to the consternation of their Democratic counterparts, who argue that the United States’ unique, widespread access to guns is to blame. Critics of the idea that mental illness leads to gun violence also argue that it stigmatizes mental illness and reinforces the unproven idea that mental health correlates with violence.

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