President Donald Trump on Tuesday stated that he spoke with Democratic Senator Chris Murphy about going forward with background checks as new series of mass shootings shook the country.
“We had a very good conversation. We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters while en route to a speech in Pennsylvania.
According to The Hill, Murphy has been a leading advocate for more gun control laws since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in his state in 2012. On Tuesday he tweeted that he’d spoken with Trump and Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey about pushing for background checks legislation.
“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.
Meanwhile, the President has been adamant that he supports passing stronger background checks after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded. But it’s unclear if there will be enough GOP support in the Senate to pass such legislation.
Trump on Tuesday reiterated that he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in favor of taking action on gun safety.
“Look, it’s very simple: 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,” he said. “And I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that.”