Vastavam web: U.S. Democrats, looking to heighten their profile on the hot-button issue of gun control, prepared to move forward on Tuesday with new measures to curb gun violence, while President Donald Trump also planned to huddle with Republican leaders. The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee was expected to recommend three pieces of gun legislation for a full House vote, more than a month after gun safety surged back to the forefront of U.S. public debate in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
The bills are part of a coordinated strategy between House and Senate Democrats to put pressure on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on gun-related bills including background check legislation that passed the House in February. Trump and Republican leaders from the House and Senate were due to meet at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) at the White House. They were expected to discuss gun legislation among other matters, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Republicans have shown little sign of movement on the issue since lawmakers returned to Washington from a recess on Monday. McConnell opened the Senate’s autumn work session without mentioning gun legislation, while Trump stressed the need to protect gun owner here rights. “Leader McConnell has said he will bring a bill to the floor if it has the president’s support. That means there is a truly historic opportunity for President Trump to lead his party toward sensible gun safety laws that in the past Republicans in obeisance to the NRA have refused to support for decades,” he said, in a reference to the National Rifle Association.
With a majority of voters favoring background check legislation, Democrats are hoping to underscore the sharp differences between them and Republicans at a time when, according to a new Gallup poll, nearly half of Americans worry that they or a family member could become victims of a mass shooting.
“This is a representative democracy and the people want it, and we have to perform our offices on the assumption – whether it is true or not – that everyone else in our political system will do their jobs,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, a House Judiciary Democrat. House Democrats, who are also nearing a majority of support for an assault weapons ban, expect the bills to clear the committee and the full House. Some were stubbornly optimistic that the Republican-controlled Senate might eventually take them up.