Senate’s McConnell Expects to Hear White House Position on Gun Control Soon

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he expected to hear next week from the White House whether the Trump administration wants to move ahead with legislation to address gun violence.

McConnell, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, reiterated previous statements that any gun legislation should have the support of Republican President Donald Trump before McConnell would bring it to the Senate floor, so that lawmakers deciding how to vote would know the proposal could be signed into law.

“The administration is in the process of studying what they are prepared to support, if anything. And I expect to get an answer to that next week,” McConnell, a Republican, said in the interview. Congress returns to work next week after its August recess.

“I said several weeks ago that if the president took a position on a bill so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I’d be happy to put it on the floor,” McConnell said.

The White House has been working on measures to address gun violence after several recent mass shootings. Trump has voiced support for tackling mental health issues related to the violence while also looking at expanded background checks, an issue on which he has wavered.

“If the president is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly, and I know that if we pass it it’ll become law, I’ll put it on the floor,” McConnell said.

A White House official, Marc Short, said on Monday that authorities had drafted legislation that would speed the death penalty for people who have committed mass murder, and it would be part of a package of gun legislation that the White House intends to propose to Congress.

The latest U.S. shooting rampage happened last weekend in West Texas, when a gunman with an AR-type rifle killed seven people and wounded 22 others before he was killed by police.

Trump called the shooter “a very sick person,” but said background checks on gun buyers would not have prevented recent gun violence. He told reporters on Sunday he would be working with Democrats and Republicans on gun legislation when Congress returns to work this month. “I think you’re going to see some interesting things coming along,” Trump said.

Leading Democrats have pushed Republicans in the Senate to take up legislation already passed by the House of Representatives that would expand background checks on gun purchasers.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Screwtape
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Otis and Charles,

3. The Odessa shooter FAILED his background check 4473 due to a history of mental illness.

Why was he not prosecuted for lying on the form?
Why didn’t authorities (isn’t what all those red flag laws are about) confiscate his guns (he had others which he fired off at night, pissing off the neighbors) and arrest him?

I say again. New laws or existing ones mean NOTHING unless they are enforced. Any new legislation is a “feel good” publicity stunt otherwise.

Screwtape
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Otis and Charles,

2. Chicago prosecutes 1-in-5 of those arrested for gun violations. According to DoJ stats 90% of those have previous, violent criminal records. Chicago’s prosecutors have actually confessed to waiving these cases “as a waste of time” unless connected to organized crime.

Screwtape
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Otis and Charles,

New laws do nothing if you fail to ENFORCE the existing laws.

1. Kate Steinle’s shooter, a multiple-time criminal, was NOT prosecuted as a “felon in possession” as ruled by the CA Court of Appeals. The Feds are pursuing this to see some justice done.

Otis
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Legislation is a feel good remedy for Congresspersons who do not know what to do about anything.
Murder has been against the law since Moses allegedly scaled Mt.Sinai.

Screwtape
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Genitally Confused,

Your quote of the “Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate Act” is an idiot’s read.

It says that purchasers must NOT be identified as terrorists and must register. It says nothing about purchased quantities.

Try again mouth-breather.

Joey
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Joey

In my state we already have background checks. Gun control will only apply to legal law abiding citizens, the criminals will get guns without the checks.

Screwtape
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Generally Contused, Insanity. Repeating the same shit and expecting the same results. Since you like name-dropping that was Einstein. Speaking of science…. Let’s see WHAT gun-control policies work FIRST. Apply them in cities run by Dims–Chicago, Memphis, Baltimore, Philly. Start actually enforcing the laws that exist. All those locations have strict gun-control laws that are not working. Here’s a thought: if the police in those cities start doing door-kicking raids for confiscation of ILLEGAL firearms, it will be excellent training for the future. It will also reduce the #s of those prone to Gestapo tactics or stupid enough to follow… Read more »

Screwtape
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Genitally Confused, Let’s see the source for your claim of “not being able to buy” 2 tons of fertilizer at a time. Apparently buying smaller lots separately is too clever for the likes of you. I have acquaintances who raise wheat and CURRENTLY buy quantities in the tens of tons. (they let me upland bird-hunt on their properties.) What’s your actual experience in purchasing industrial quantities of fertilizer? You like spreading it, but have nothing to back it up. Maybe you should try politics instead of whatever it is you claim to do. *gasp* you’re not an indebted gender studies… Read more »

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