President Donald Trump emphasized his willingness Wednesday to enact legislation bolstering the background check system and compared his zeal with that of his predecessor.
Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy pleaded with the president for the need of support for the universal background check system. “There’s no other issue out there in the American public like background checks,” Murphy said, adding “97 percent of Americans want universal background checks. In states that have universal background checks, there’s 35 percent less gun murders than in states that don’t have them and we can’t get it done. Nothing else like that. Where it works, people want it. We can’t do it.”
Trump replied with a swipe at former President Barack Obama saying, “But you have a different president now… you went through a lot of presidents. You have a different president. Maybe you have a different attitude. People want to get it done.”
He continued to take swipes at Obama, saying he was “not proactive” in getting bills passed despite being in office during many mass shootings and that if he did support a bill, “that was the problem.”