What happened to Trump's promise on gun control?

  • 15.11.2019

US President Donald Trump said after recent mass shootings that he wanted the country to have stricter gun laws. Now the issue has gone quiet. Here is what happened to the president's plan to end America's gun violence.

Lateria Moran, 16, was inside her grandparent's house when she heard gunshots. Running outside, she found her cousin Jaquarrious Roberson, also 16, with a bullet in his head.

Moran stayed with him until the ambulance arrived. The memory, she says, is searing. 

On Wednesday, the president visited Moran's hometown of Monroe, Louisiana, to campaign for the Republican challenger in the race for governor.

Manufacturing is one of the town's main industries, but Monroe is better-known for its violent crime. It is one of the nation's most dangerous cities, with a violent crime rate of 724.6 per 100,000, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting statistics.

That's nearly twice the national average of 368.9, and higher than bigger cities like Baltimore and New Orleans.

"Homicides and gun violence - it's kind of like in your backyard", says Nathaniel Ward, who works for a local oil company.

After school, Moran went to hear the president speak, hoping that he would address the issue.

"I wanted to see what the president says about gun violence and how he's going to change it," she says. "I feel like there's something that can be done."

Trump did speak about guns at the rally. Yet he did not describe efforts to end the violence. Instead he spoke about protecting the rights of gun owners and implied that Democrats were trying to take them away.

"They're after your Second Amendment," he said, referring to the right to bear arms.

It was a marked shift in tone from just a few weeks earlier.

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After two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas, and one in Dayton, Ohio, in August, the president shared the nation's dismay over the violence and said he wanted tighter background checks on gun buyers. He said he planned to release a proposal for new laws in the autumn.

Very meaningful things can happen," he promised.

At the time, he was responding to a demand for stricter gun laws. Most people in the US believe the laws should be tougher in order to combat the violence, according to Pew Research.

The issue has been a major concern throughout his presidency, which has coincided with some of the worst mass shootings in US history - Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland and El Paso.

Source: BBC

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