If Trump’s Blaming Mental Health, Why Did He End This Gun-Check Rule?


Gun management advocates slammed President Donald Trump on Monday as a hypocrite for having signed a invoice earlier this yr that rolled again a regulation making it tougher for folks with psychological sicknesses to purchase firearms at the same time as he blamed the mbad capturing in Texas over the weekend on “a mental health problem.”

“Trump is wrong — study after study show that stronger gun laws can save lives — and a hypocrite of the worst kind,” Peter Ambler, the chief director of Giffords, the gun management group began by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, advised NBC News. “One of his first actions as president trashed a new regulation that would have prevented potentially irresponsible and mentally incompetent people from being able to buy guns.”

Ambler added, “Blaming mental health is a tactic straight out of the gun lobby’s playbook that’s meant to paralyze Congress. Donald Trump’s goal is to make people think our leaders don’t have the power to prevent gun violence.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., echoed these remarks, telling NBC News, “Any link between mental health and gun violence in a particular situation cannot be used as an excuse for inaction on common sense gun violence measures.”

“It is the height of hypocrisy for President Trump — who called the latest tragic mbad shooting ‘a mental health issue at the highest level’ — to have rolled back a rule specifically designed to prevent some gun violence deaths,” Blumenthal added in a press release.

In February, simply weeks into his presidency, Trump signed a invoice eliminating an Obama-era regulation that made it tougher for folks with psychological sicknesses to buy a gun.

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The rule, which had been finalized in December 2016, added folks receiving Social Security checks for psychological sicknesses and folks deemed unfit to deal with their very own monetary affairs to the nationwide background gun-check database. Had the rule absolutely taken impact, the Obama administration predicted it could have added about 75,000 names to the database.

Image: Sheree Rumph of San Antonio prays over two of the 26 crosses erected in memory of the people killed

Sheree Rumph of San Antonio prays over two of the 26 crosses erected in reminiscence of the folks killed in a capturing in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The capturing came about throughout a Sunday service on the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.