Trump steers clear of background checks as possible solution on guns , Following Saturday’s shootings in West Texas, President Donald Trump on Sunday remained firm that his “administration , but did not include universal background checks as part of the solution this time.
“It would be wonderful to say — to say ‘eliminate,’ but we want to substantially reduce the violent crime — and actually, in any form,” he said at the start of a briefing on Hurricane Dorian.
“This includes strong measures to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous and deranged individuals, and substantial reforms to our nation’s broken mental health system.”
After the early August shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Trump called for changes to mental health laws but also took to Twitter to mention discussions in Congress over “meaningful background checks” for people who are purchasing firearms.
“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks, ”Trump wrote on Twitter days after those shootings.Trump also added that he is the “biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country.”
Polling has indicated that the idea of universal background checks is extremely popular with the American public, even among people who do strongly favor the right to own firearms.
In contrast, focusing on mental health has been a more popular approach with those who would prefer there be no new restrictions on guns of any kind. In his Sunday remarks, Trump said, “Public safety is our No. 1 priority,” but reiterated his support to “protect our Second Amendment.”
He lauded the actions of the local law enforcement who responded to the shootings in West Texas, and also said he spoke with Attorney General William Barr.