WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the USA grappled with yet one more mass capturing occasion on Sunday, President Donald Trump mentioned that background checks on gun purchasers wouldn’t have prevented latest gun violence within the nation.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media about Hurricane Dorian as he returns from Camp David to the White Home in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A gunman close to Odessa, Texas, killed seven and wounded 21 extra after fleeing a site visitors cease on Saturday. His motives stay unclear.
Trump made the remarks to reporters on the White Home after returning to Washington from Camp David. The president mentioned he could be working with Democrats and Republicans on gun laws when Congress returns this month.
“I believe Congress has received numerous pondering to do frankly. They’ve been doing numerous work,” Trump mentioned. “I believe you’re going to see some attention-grabbing issues coming alongside.”
Earlier this yr, the Democratic-controlled U.S. Home of Representatives handed a invoice that requires background checks on each gun buy, together with gross sales at gun reveals, that are at the moment exempted. However the measure has didn’t obtain a vote within the Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump mentioned on the White Home that “for probably the most half, as robust as you make your background checks, they might not have stopped any of it.”
Final month, a gunman killed 22 folks and wounded one other 24 in El Paso, Texas, whereas one other assailant killed 9 and injured 27 in Dayton, Ohio.
The shooter in Saturday’s incident opened hearth throughout a site visitors cease close to the city of Midland, Texas, after which sped off, spraying bullets at pedestrians and motorists. At one level, he ditched his automotive and hijacked a postal truck.
The gunman, who stays unidentified, was killed by police in a movie show car parking zone in Odessa.
Trump referred to as him “a really sick particular person.”
After the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Trump initially indicated a willingness to assist extra stringent background checks on gun patrons, however has since appeared to extra intently align himself with the gun foyer, which opposes any elevated restrictions.
Julian Castro, the previous U.S. housing secretary and Democratic presidential candidate, mentioned on Sunday that Trump “had gone again on his phrase” relating to background test laws. Castro, who made the remarks on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas.
Trump has steered that he would assist efforts to encourage states to undertake “crimson flag” legal guidelines, which give relations and police the facility to acquire a court docket order from a decide to confiscate firearms from somebody deemed a hazard to themselves or others.
Reporting by Steve Holland, Writing by Andrea Shalal and James Oliphant; Modifying by Nick Zieminski and Lisa Shumaker