President Trump tweeted Monday morning he wants Congress to pass a deal combining gun control and immigration reform after two mass shootings over the weekend.
“We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain,” Trump tweeted. “Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
Senators Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), who have cosponsored legislation to expand background checks to cover sales between private parties on the used market, said Trump reached out to express his desire to work with them on the issue.
“This morning, we both separately discussed with President Trump our support for passing our bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the dangerously mentally ill, and terrorists while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and all Americans,” the two said in a statement, according to the Hill. “The president showed a willingness to work with us on the issue of strengthening background checks.”
Police officials in California, Texas, and Ohio said all of the attackers in the recent mass shootings passed background checks while obtaining their firearms. Toomey and Manchin’s background check bill, for which Trump has now signaled support, would not have prevented those shooters from obtaining guns.