- The Washington Times - Friday, August 9, 2019

President Trump on Friday assured that discussions are taking place to pass “meaningful background checks” in the wake of two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead.

“Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks. I have also been speaking to the [National Rifle Association], and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected,” he tweeted.

“Guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!” he added.

The sentiment echoes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Thursday that passing gun legislation will be “front and center” after lawmakers return from their congressional recess in September.

“What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” he added. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”

The House passed a background check bill in February that Mr. McConnell has refused to take up and Mr. Trump promised to veto. Another bill allowing more time to conduct background checks also stopped in the Senate.

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The president said there was a “great appetite” for background check legislation but “no political appetite” for banning assault-style weapons, despite polling showing 60% of voters supporting the measure, including 54% of Republicans.

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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