House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is calling for “commonsense solutions” to address gun violence that would also protect law-abiding citizens.
Another mass shooting occurred in Texas on Saturday, becoming the latest since a gunman killed 22 victims in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3. The recent shooting on Saturday left the state again shaken, as seven people were killed and 22 others were wounded in West Texas.
Following the shooting, several congressional Democrats have continued their call for Republican lawmakers to pass gun control legislation.
“The Republican Senate must end its obstruction and finally pass the commonsense, bipartisan, House-passed gun violence prevention legislation that the country is demanding,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a statement.
However, President Donald Trump seemed to put a halt to part of Democrats desires, as he told reporters on Sunday that both sides are looking at different bills but he doesn’t believe tougher background checks “would not have stopped any of it,” as IJR Red reported.
In response to pressure from Democrats for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring up House-passed gun control legislation for a vote, McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday that Republicans are “willing to work with anyone that wants to find commonsense solutions to prevent this from happening in the future.”
“While at the same time, protecting due process for anyone who is a law-abiding citizen as we move forward,” he added.
Watch McCarthy’s interview below:
“I don’t know why this took place. […] We do know mental health is a major problem in what’s happening in America today, that that is one element of what’s the deal here. We also knew that the national instant criminal background check was a problem, and in the last Congress that’s why we did something about that. […] Those are the things we are looking at, how do we find commonsense solutions to make sure we can prevent this, not legislation that just is going to carry this on further.”
McCarthy’s remark that “mental health is a disturbing issue” when it comes to mass shootings is also a point Trump made when he also called it a “big problem.”
“How can we find commonsense to prevent these things from happening,” the Republican lawmaker said, adding, “I think that’s where we find common ground.”
McCarthy isn’t the only Republican Congressmember speaking out, as Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) told Fox News on Sunday that he believes “Democrats have over-politicized an issue that should not be politicized.”