Trump Vows to Uphold Second Amendment After Shootings

President Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One on Thursday in Morristown N.J

President Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One on Thursday in Morristown N.J

When he was asked if he pressed his party colleagues on calls for tougher background checks for gun buyers, he told reporters that he was "looking at the whole gun situation".

Trump said he had been speaking with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and many other Republicans about the problem of gun violence, and 'they don't want to have insane people, risky people, really bad people having guns'.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, he claimed those involved in recent mass shootings in OH and Texas were mentally ill, and said he and fellow Republicans had discussed America's recurring problems with gun violence.

He added, "There are seriously ill people and they're on the streets".

Trump's call for more institutions is just under two weeks after Patrick Crusius (left) allegedly murdered 22 in WalMart in El Paso Texas and Connor Betts (right) shot nine people including his own sister dead in Dayton, Ohio.

"We will be taking mentally deranged and unsafe people off the streets so we won't have to worry so much about that", Trump said.

Many have noted that the El Paso shooting is being investigated as a case of domestic terrorism, as the gunman is believed to have posted an anti-immigrant declaration online just before the attack.

However, others calling for the return of institutions have pointed to the relative inability of people within the community to care for those with severe forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president, tweeted earlier this month.

President Donald Trump says that in the wake of two mass shootings in OH and Texas this month that he wants to focus on mental illness to prevent mass gun violence, not gun control.

But his comments in recent days - including his focus on mental illness - have prompted some speculation that he may be walking back his support for tighter gun-control measures. You know, it's them, they pull the trigger.

On Thursday, Trump declined to say whether he supports universal background checks.

Trump said, "We've been working very hard to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and those who are mentally sick and shouldn't have guns". "I hope that wouldn't happen, but that's happened in the past".