'I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic'

'I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic'

According to Schumer's office, the initiatives the Democratic leader will ask for funding to go to rather than the border wall include, but are not limited to: Department of Homeland Security programs and initiatives to counter violent extremism, FBI domestic terrorism investigations and CDC gun violence research.

"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.

It's been nearly two weeks since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that killed 22 and nine respectively, meaning the diversionary thoughts-and-prayers phase has ended, and the denial of gun control measures in the Senate can begin.

House Democrats renewed their demand that Republicans immediately reconvene the Senate and pass a background check bill that cleared the House six months ago. The measure passed the Democratic-led House in February, getting only eight Republican votes. "It is not.it is a significant and important step to take in the face of this violence", House majority leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.

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

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A Senate version that would exempt from background checks all gun transfers, including sales between close family members, was also under consideration, the sources said. The House version exempts only loans and gifts between relatives. He sits on gun control bills because he and the senators he leads in the Republican senate are deeply beholden to the gun lobby.

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.

McConnell "wants to do background checks". "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.

"There's nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac", the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One on Tuesday. "We'll see what happens".

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