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Trump Talks Gun Control After Mass Shootings

The president says 'we've actually done a lot' on the issue
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One in Morristown, NJ, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – President Trump emerged from his New Jersey golf club Sunday and said "perhaps" the government could do more to control guns, CNN reports. "We've actually done a lot," he said on a tarmac before boarding Air Force One for Washington. "But perhaps more has to be done." The president, who has used explosive rhetoric and posted tweets that many consider racist, added that "hate has no place in our country and we're gonna take care of it." He also said the weekend's two major mass shootings, which left 29 dead and 53 wounded, would have been worse without good law enforcement.

"It would have been unbelievable," he said. "It [was] horrible but it would have been so much worse." Still, USA Today quotes him as saying "we have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years." CNN notes that Trump did manage a bump-stock ban, but hasn't gone after gun control on a larger scale, unlike President Obama, whose executive actions on the issue included mental health and background checks. Trump said he had spoken to Attorney General William Barr and others about guns and would make a statement Monday at 10am, per Bloomberg. (Trump got slammed by Democratic candidates on the talk show circuit, but also had his defenders.)

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