Tuesday, September 10, 2019

GUN GRABBING ALERT: Dems Democrats call on Trump to seize 'historic opportunity,' support gun background check bill

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill used their first day back at work to renew their call for gun control, demanding the Senate vote on background checks legislation.
In a press conference Monday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer laid the blame for inaction on gun reform squarely on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump.
“Two people in Washington can make sure that background checks will pass: Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell,” Mr. Schumer said. “It’s totally up to them — totally up to them — and it’s on their shoulders.”
They specifically called out the president for appearing to enthusiastically support passing legislation on background checks in recent weeks before wavering.
In a letter to Mr. Trump, Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer urged him to intervene and buck GOP “fealty” to the National Rifle Association, arguing the rest of the GOP would follow his lead.
“You now have a historic opportunity to save lives simply by indicating your support for H.R. 8, the House-passed universal bipartisan background check legislation currently being blocked by Leader McConnell and the Republican majority in the Senate,” they wrote.
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