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Trump drops support for enhanced background checks two weeks after mass shootings

Trump drops support for enhanced background checks two weeks after mass shootings

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It only took two weeks for Trump to flip flop on his support for strengthening background checks after the three devastating mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy.

Trump spoke with members of the press just before heading back to the White House from his most recent vacation in Bedminster. In the discussions, he focused on bringing back “mental institutions” instead of furthering the gun control efforts:

 

When pressed by a reporter to discuss his personal position on background checks, Trump deflected:

“People don’t realize we have very strong background checks right no. If you go in and buy a gun, you have to sign up. there are a lot of background checks that have been approved over the years. So I’ll have to see what it is.”

At the time of his speech on August 5th, there was talk about an executive action that may have included “red flag laws,” but all that talk now seems to be over. Trump has also dashed any hopes of a new ban on assault weapons with his claim that “there is no political appetite for that at this moment.”

While he may no longer have interest in background checks or red flag laws, he does have an interest in keeping the NRA happy:

 

With no help from the president forthcoming, it would appear that all hope for any type of reform lies on the shoulders of Speaker Nancy Pelosi who keeps calling on the Senate to come back from their recess and get to work:

As it now stands, McConnell remains deaf to Pelosi’s pleas and refuses to reconvene sooner than planned.

More at Think Progress. 

 

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