There’s been a lot of whispers behind closed doors that Trump is looking to take executive action regarding gun control. It’s all for good reason, too. With the pressure that he’s feeling about the two mass shootings and the way that the House and Senate can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s one of the few options that he has.
Pelosi has spoken to Trump, asking him to use the Constitution, instead.
Pelosi has made a bit of an unusual request, calling on Pres. Donald Trump to bring Senate back into session so that Republicans can act against gun violence. Should Trump agree, it would force the Senate to work on a solution that can, then, be passed into the house and signed by the president, creating laws in order to focus on gun violence more effectively than what has been in place in the past.
Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already rejected the Democratic demands to cut the August recess short so that a vote can be done to require universal background checks on gun sales.
Pelosi wrote a letter to Trump, requesting “in good faith” that the Senate be called into session immediately. She wants the Senate to consider a House-passed gun violence prevention legislation that is bipartisan. She also made sure to cite a section of the Constitution identifying that the president has the ability to convene one or both chambers on “extraordinary” occasions – and two deadly mass shootings taking place over last weekend certainly counts as such.
Gun Control in America
There’s a lot of debate regarding gun control. It’s no longer a Republican versus a Democratic issue, either. Plenty of Democrats are gun owners. The country isn’t looking to take anyone’s guns away, though some of the extreme leftists will say such a thing, saying that gun ownership is the root of all evil. That’s when someone on the right will say that people kill people, not guns, and the argument gets ugly with no real resolution.
The reality is that people kill people, not guns. However, guns should not be readily available to just anyone, especially if there’s a red flag in place, such as they have been convicted of a felony or they have a history of mental illness.
McConnell has said that he’s sympathetic to making a deal but has also said that he makes no plans to bring Senate back in before they are scheduled to reconvene in September. Getting a three-week head start could make a difference in gun control in America, especially if it were to eliminate another mass shooting.
McConnell has said that he will have plenty of bipartisan discussions and will explore background checks as well as a ban on assault weapons. McConnell has expressed that gun control is one of the “front and center” issues, assuming that red flags and background checks will lead discussions.
What happens next?
Trump has spoken to Pelosi following her letter, discussing the universal background checks legislation passed by the House. He also had a separate conversation with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Pelosi and Schumer, in a joint statement, said that the president has assured them that he will review the house-passed legislation and understands the interest of moving as quickly as possible.
This is demonstrated that Trump is in favor of the idea and is looking to save as many lives as possible. Pelosi is also proving that Democrats can act reasonably. This may be a turning point on Capitol Hill, showing that the two parties can actually work together – it just shouldn’t take mass shootings in order to bring everyone together.
A number of Republicans have been advocating for “red flag” laws to restrict access to firearms in the event that they pose a danger to themselves or others.
At this point in time, Trump has not publicly pressured McConnell or any of the other Republicans to pick up the legislation that was passed by the House. Further, he has not identified that he is going to force McConnell’s hand to convene Senate earlier than September.
Pelosi has already identified that she is willing to bring the full house back to Capitol Hill if necessary, especially if the Republicans were to make an amendment to the bill.
Trump is going to do what’s best. Whether he signs an executive order or he chooses to pressure McConnell, one thing is for sure: gun laws in the United States are about to change in order to keep more Americans safe.