Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso – The New York Times

A day earlier, Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, a Democrat, said she planned to greet Mr. Trump, but also confront him about “how unhelpful he’s been on this.”

“His comments weren’t very helpful to the issue around guns,” Ms. Whaley told reporters on Tuesday. “His rhetoric has been painful for many in our community.”

Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, a Republican, said Tuesday that he supported the president’s decision to visit.

“I think it’s always appropriate for a governor, a president to go where there’s sorrow, go where people are hurting,” Mr. DeWine said.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said Wednesday that Democrats would block legislation to encourage states to adopt so-called “red flag laws” as a response gun violence, unless Republicans agree to link their measure to a House bill requiring background checks on all gun purchasers.

Red flag laws allow authorities to obtain a special type of protective order — known as an extreme risk protection order, or ERPO — to remove guns from people deemed dangerous. Republicans, including Mr. Trump, are embracing the concept, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, is drafting a bill to develop a federal grant program to help states pass and implement such laws.

“We Democrats are not going to settle for half-measures so Republicans can feel better and try to push the issue of gun violence off to the side,” Mr. Schumer said. “Democrats in the Senate will seek to require that any ERPO bill that comes to the floor is accompanied by a vote on the House-passed universal background checks legislation.”

— Sheryl Gay Stolberg


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