As President Trump visited the latest two cities victim to mass shootings, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a stop in Rochester. Though his visit was not made to talk gun safety, he says loopholes in background check laws are making it easier for certain people, who should not own a gun, to get their hands on one.
"On this issue, the NRA exists [and there's] a lot of pressure and some people succumb to it," Schumer said.
He says it’s time to close the loopholes and tighten up the background checks for potential gun owners.
"It shouldn’t be a partisan issue," he added.
Though there's no shortage of signs of partisanship and finger-pointing since 32 people were gunned down days ago, there's one thing the Republican president and Democratic Senate Minority Leader just might agree on.
"In the senate what we’re trying to do is to get background checks because that’s that would do the most good and has the best chance of passing," Schumer said.
"I think background checks are important. I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people," Trump told reporters in mourning communities of Dayton and El Paso.
Schumer says the background checks wouldn't affect any law abiding gun owner. Instead, it would impact felons, spousal abusers and people adjudicated mentally ill. More specifically, he's taking aim at gun shows and the ability to obtain guns online.
"And now guns shows, if you’re a criminal or if you’re adjudicated mentally ill, that’s where you buy a gun because there’s not background checks so it’s actually not changing the law but changing the loopholes to get around the law," Schumer continued.
In the name of protecting people and preventing future mass murders – the left and the right just might meet in the middle.