President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that his administration will consider signing off on new gun laws in the wake of Sunday night’s Las Vegas massacre as prominent Democrats and activists pressure the government to take action to prevent future mass shootings.
“Look, we have a tragedy,” Trump told reporters at the White House shortly before boarding Marine One headed to Puerto Rico. “We’ll be taking about gun laws as time goes by.”
The president also described the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s swift response to the shooting as a “miracle,” praising the “incredible job” that they and other first responders did to end the massacre before more lives could be taken.
“How quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle,” he said. “They’ve done an amazing job.”
As for the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, Trump did not mince words: “He was a sick man, a demented man, lot of problems I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously. We’re dealing with a very, very sick individual.”
Trump will spend Tuesday in Puerto Rico to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and to oversee federal recovery efforts before traveling to Las Vegas on Wednesday, where he will meet with families of victims, first responders and police.
In the aftermath of the shooting, which has claimed at least 59 lives, gun control became eminent topic of discussion on Capitol Hill. House Democrats announced that they would gather on the Capitol steps Wednesday to protest the GOP’s perceived inaction on gun control, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) laid out how Trump could squelch “the absurd law about silencers.”
“Threaten a veto if he must, and put an end to that bill,” he said on the floor. “I am also calling on President Trump to bring together the leaders of Congress and let both sides know he is ready and willing to address this issue of gun safety head on.”