Schumer says border wall money should be used to fight gun violence

In his natural environment

In his natural environment

Five Democrats in the House of Representatives held a news conference with relatives and friends of mass shooting victims to pressure Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to call the upper chamber back from its August recess for a vote on gun control legislation that has already been approved by the House.

Democrats are also continuing to press Senate Republicans to allow votes on a pair of bills passed this year by the House that are created to strengthen background checks for gun owners.

It's been nearly two weeks since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton that killed 22 and nine respectively, meaning the diversionary thoughts-and-prayers phase has ended, and the denial of gun control measures in the Senate can begin.

"I believe that Mitch and I can tell you from my standpoint, I would like to see meaningful background checks", he said.

"We know exactly why he isn't here". He added, "He wants to do background checks and I do too".

And that, they said, falls to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

A Senate version that would exempt from background checks all gun transfers, including sales between close family members, was also under consideration, the sources said.

Mr. Trump said Tuesday he thinks Mr. McConnell "wants to do something".

Some Republicans, though, have questioned the kind of background check legislation Mr. Trump appears to be backing.

The committee could return from recess in early September to consider gun measures, according people familiar with the panel's plans who weren't authorized to speak on the record.

"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request.

Schumer's office said Tuesday he will formally request the funding go toward research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and bolstering Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation programs to counter extremism and domestic terrorism.

Schumer's plea appeared to largely be an attempt to frame the issue politically, and it seemed highly unlikely Trump will heed it.

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