On Sunday morning, President Trump addressed the shooting in Midland-Odessa, Texas that happened Saturday afternoon. He said that enacting stronger background check wouldn’t have stopped the last several mass shootings…and he’s right.
Despite what Democrats would have you believe, stricter gun laws and stronger background checks will not stop mass shootings. Criminals do not care about laws and easily get around many of them. If they have their mind set on committing a crime, such as shooting people, they will figure out how to get their hands on a gun.
“I will say that for the most part, sadly if you look at the last four or five going back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it,” Trump said.
We have a mental health problem. We have a heart problem. We do not have a gun problem.
According to New York Times, the president also said that he is “speaking with Republicans and Democrats on possible legislative efforts regarding guns.” However, there is no other information on what that may be, yet.
On August 5–just days after the heinous attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio–Trump called for bipartisan action for “strong background checks.” He reiterated that call on August 7 then appeared to slowly shift away from that position.
I would be willing to bet that was to simply throw the Dems a bone so they would sit down and shut up.
On August 20, Breitbart News reported Trump saying, “We have very, very strong background checks right now. But we have, sort of, missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle. And we’re looking at different things.”
On August 19, Politico quoted Trump saying, “Congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas. And they’ll come in from Democrats and Republicans. And I’ll look at it very strongly. But just remember, we already have a lot of background checks.”
According to NBC, Trump told reporters that the weekend shooting in Texas does not change the discussion about guns. “We are in the process of dealing with Democrats and Republicans, and there’s a big package of things that’s going to be put before them by a lot of different people I’ve been speaking to a lot of senators, a lot of house members, Republicans, Democrats.” He said, “This really hasn’t changed anything, we’re doing a package and we’ll see how it comes about.”