Democrats argue for stricter gun control over Trump’s border wall

Democrats argue for stricter gun control over Trump’s border wall

U.S. Democrats sought to gain the upper hand in the gun debate with President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans on Tuesday by demanding quick action

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U.S. Democrats sought to gain the upper hand in the gun debate with President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans on Tuesday by demanding quick action on background checks and suggesting that money for Trump’s border wall could go instead to fighting domestic terrorism.Story continues below

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.READ MORE: The more gun ownership, the more mass shootings. ‘That isn’t rocket science,’ study saysIn a related move, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer was preparing to ask the Trump administration in the coming days to withdraw its request for $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico and direct the funds to initiatives to combat white supremacy beliefs and gun violence, according to a person familiar with his thinking.Schumer wants the money to go to FBI domestic terrorism investigations, Department of Homeland Security initiatives to counter violent extremism, and federal health agency research on gun violence, the source said.The Democratic push on gun control comes after back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, propelled the wide availability of guns in the United States back to the forefront of political debate. Democrats said that more than 250 mass shootings have occurred in the United States this year.WATCH: Ohio governor on gun control: Some things need to be done ‘at federal level’

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