Trump: Dems could have passed gun control under Obama
President Trump on Saturday blamed Democrats for failing to act to strengthen gun restrictions under the Obama administration, accusing them of using the issue as a political talking point.
“Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!” Trump tweeted.
Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
Trump’s tweet came amid mounting calls from Democrats and activists for tightening gun control laws following a shooting at a South Florida high school.
That attack left 17 people dead and 14 others injured.
Trump suggested this week that the accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was “mentally disturbed.” But Trump has so far remained silent on the issue of gun control.
Trump signed a bill last year repealing an Obama-era regulation that made it more difficult for people with mental illnesses to purchase firearms.
Former President Obama aggressively pushed for new gun restrictions, particularly after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.
After that attack, Obama announced a series of executive actions intended to strengthen gun control. Obama separately urged Congress to pass legislation addressing the matter.
Republicans have had control of the House since 2011, and regained control of the Senate in 2014.
While Democrats had control of the Senate at the time, two gun control measures failed to pass in 2013. The first measure was a ban on assault weapons, proposed by California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D). The second was a proposal for universal background checks proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).