President Trump on Tuesday, Aug. 13, said that he talked with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about background checks following recent mass shootings.
“I spoke with Chris Murphy, senator. We had a very good conversation. We’ll see what happens,” the president said to reporters before boarding for Pennsylvania.
Murphy tweeted on Tuesday that he’d spoken with President Trump and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) about support for a background checks bill.
“We continue to work to find common ground, but as I told the president, we can’t get a bill if he and the GOP give the gun lobby veto power,” Murphy tweeted.
I’ve spoken to @POTUS as well as @Sen_JoeManchin and @SenToomey over the past several days re our background checks bills. We continue to work to find common ground, but as I told the President, we can’t get a bill if he and the GOP give the gun lobby veto power.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 13, 2019
President Trump said he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment but he does not want “guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac.”
“There is nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don’t want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac. And I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that,” the president said.
The president wanted to support background checks after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left more than 30 people dead and many other wounded.
The president believed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also wanted to have meaningful background checks, saying that he was “convinced that Mitch wants to do something” about background checks.
“He wants to do background checks, and I do too, and I think a lot of Republicans do,” President Trump said.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting, Manchin and Toomey introduced a background checks bill, which failed by six votes in the Senate in 2013.
“A Politico/Morning Consult poll released this week found 90 percent of those surveyed support requiring background checks on all gun sales, and 70 percent support banning assault-style weapons,” the Hill reported.