Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Schumer Wants Trump to Redirect $5B in Border Money to Gun Initiatives

Kathryn Gamble Kathryn Gamble
Patty Aguilar | 14 August, 2019, 13:02

Publically McConnell has only committed to launching into a discussion of the issue with the GOP-controlled Senate returns from recess next month.

With opinion polls showing a majority of Americans in favor of gun restrictions but Trump and his fellow Republicans unlikely to give in on tough measures, Democrats in Congress and those vying for their party's presidential nomination are making it a key plank in their 2020 election contests.

No. 2 House leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Hoyer resorted to reading lyrics from "Blowin' in the Wind", Bob Dylan's 1962 song. It would require background checks for most private sales, including online and gun show purchases of firearms, not just for transactions involving registered gun dealers. "I do, too. I think a lot of Republicans do".

"I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something", Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart New Jersey for an event in Pittsburgh. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.

On Friday, Trump told reporters that he could rally Republicans around such legislation and persuade the nation's powerful gun lobby to drop its long-standing opposition, tasks that have proved elusive following other mass shootings on his watch.

Trump previously vowed to veto the bills, saying they infringed on Second Amendment rights, but he has said in recent days that he would like to see the passage of background-check legislation.

Russian fighters drive North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplane away from defense chief's plane
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Overall sale of automobiles is lower by nearly 14 per cent at 7,910,554 units in April-July 2019 over the same period a year ago . SIAM said passenger vehicle sales in July were also worst since December 2000 when the segment had declined by 39.86 per cent.

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Argentina's President Mauricio Macri speaks from the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Argentina last defaulted on its debt in 2001, an event which sparked years of recessions and economic crises.

Hoyer said the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over gun control, will return to Washington early to consider new "red flag" legislation that would help states keep guns away from people deemed a threat to themselves or others, and ban both assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

The president failed to mention toughening background checks in an address last week that focused on mental illness, the internet and video games as potential causes of shootings.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is preparing to formally request that the $5 billion Trump's administration would like spent on a border wall instead go to countering gun violence.

"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request.

Patrick Crusius, 21, accused of the El Paso shootings, has told authorities he was targeting Mexicans.

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