Rep. Tim Ryan: 'Ground Shifting' Under Trump, McConnell on Guns

Rallies will be planned this weekend to demand action on gun control, Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan said Tuesday, but he still finds it "appalling" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to call in the Senate from recess to vote on House background check legislation.

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

Publically McConnell has only committed to launching into a discussion of the issue with the GOP-controlled Senate returns from recess next month. In an interview last week with Louisville, Kentucky, radio station WHAS-AM, McConnell pointedly noted that for a proposal to become law, it must pass the House and Senate "and it has to be signed by President Trump".

Still, Democrats' moves underscore their focus on an issue that largely unites them - responding to the massacres that killed 31 people - and away from the party's hand-wringing over whether to impeach Trump, a question that deeply divides Democrats. According to CNN, "several conservative allies and Republican lawmakers have privately voiced opposition to his push for background checks, claiming they wouldn't have stopped the shootings in Dayton and El Paso".

But Mr. Trump also said he's not sure what kind of partner he'll find in Democrats. "It's the time for action", he said.

A source familiar with Mr. Schumer's plans said he'll suggest the $5 billion Mr. Trump requested in his fiscal year 2020 budget should be canceled and instead used to expand Homeland Security's programs to counter violent extremists, to bolster the FBI's domestic terrorism investigations and to fund gun violence research.

"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.