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Trump wants ‘something meaningful’ done on gun violence in spite of years of inaction, GOP senator claims


U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (center) speaks as President Trump listens during a meeting with congressional members in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 13, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Trump wants to do “something meaningful” about gun violence, a Republican senator claimed Sunday, following the country’s latest mass shooting.

“I have spoken with the president repeatedly and recently about this topic. He is very interested in doing something meaningful,” Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

Toomey has sponsored a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers but the legislation has gotten nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“He hasn’t endorsed a specific bill,” Toomey said of Trump. “I think that would be premature."

“But he and I have an ongoing conversation about this,” the Republican senator added. “I know other interested senators are participating in that conversation.”

With Trump reportedly caving to the NRA’s demands after the second-most-recent mass shooting, chances he’ll take action after a gunman on Sunday killed at least seven in Odessa, Tex., are slim, gun control advocates fear.

Dems in New York and beyond slammed Trump for his inaction this weekend.

“Mr. President: DO SOMETHING,” Gov. Cuomo said in a terse statement Saturday. “How many more families will lose loved ones, how many more communities will be torn apart? How many more tragedies will it take before ‘leaders’ act?”