Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform

Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform

The mayor of El Paso said at a news conference that Trump would visit the city Wednesday, though some local lawmakers and others signaled opposition, and the Federal Aviation Administration advised pilots of a presidential visit to Dayton.

Anguished families and a nation reeled as the death toll from two weekend mass shootings - one at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and the other at a popular nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio - rose and politicians pointed fingers. "And as the president, he has the most significant authority and responsibility to show this country, to lead this country into healing".

"As bad as it was, it could have been so much worse", Trump said.

On gun control, a majority of Americans have consistently said they support stronger laws, but proposals have stalled repeatedly in Congress, a marked contrast to some countries that have acted swiftly after a mass shooting.

Missing during his remarks was a recommendation that Congress take action on background checks or linking gun legislation to immigration reform, as he said in tweets earlier Monday morning. "The writing has been on the wall since that maiden speech describing Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals", O'Rourke told MSNBC.

Trump did not explain how the two pieces of legislation might be tied together.

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Adhering to what has become a GOP talking point of blaming mental illness and not firearms for mass shootings, Trump signaled he would oppose large-scale gun control efforts pushed by Democrats, saying, "hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun". "We can not allow him to get off scot-free just because he gave a speech here today".

Trump on Monday proposed tighter monitoring of the internet, mental health reform and wider use of the death penalty in response to mass shootings.

Trump himself has backed away from previous pledges to strengthen gun laws.

He noted how the Parkland, Fla., school shooter in February 2018 exhibited numerous signs that he would do something destructive but "nobody did anything".

Investigators have not yet determined the motive for the mass shooting, which left 27 other people wounded.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement the president "remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA". Hours later, a gunman killed 9 people, including his sister, after opening fire in a busy bar district in Dayton, Ohio. "It's got to be you, and those who are helping this country understand what is happening in our name, to connect those dots of these actions that can seem unconnected or disparate or random or just odd".

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