Dual mass shootings lead to calls for gun control

Some lawmakers and members of the public are calling for Congress to cancel its summer recess and return for an emergency session on guns.
2:27 | 08/05/19

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These latest mass shootings are leading to new calls for gun control. Americans make up about 4.4% of the global population and own 42% of the world's guns. Some lawmakers are calling for congress to cancel its summer recess for a vote on guns. The president seeming to suggest he might be open to new measures as well. We want to bring in Mary Bruce on capitol hill with the latest. Reporter: Democratic leaders are trying to up the pressure here demanding that senate Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell call lawmakers back here to Washington to do something to address the rise in gun violence. Now, Democrats in the house have already passed legislation that would require universal background checks, measures that we know the overwhelming majority of Americans support, but Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell has refused for months to even consider these bills and the president has threatened to veto them. Now this morning he is suggesting that he may be open to some of these measures, just tweeting, Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks. Perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. George, of course, it is unclear how these shootings are connected. It's hard to see the connection necessarily to immigration reform and as you pointed out the president threatened to veto background checks bills in the past. Meantime, we do know that the senate Republican leader, Mitch Mcconnell, has had a pretty hard line against coming back. Reporter: And George, so far he has called these shootings over the weekend sickening and senseless. He has sent his prayers to the victims and their families, but when I asked what Mitch Mcconnell plans to do about this and whether he is going to respond to calls to bring lawmakers back to Washington, I was told that Mcconnell has no further comment. George, the response here on the hill is unfortunately all too familiar. We know that Democrats are quick to call for stricter gun measures. While there are plenty of proposals being pushed around, when pushed, Republican leaders are largely silent. On that issue of background checks, the public overwhelmingly supports it as well. Why does it have to be separate? Whether it's mental health, gun control, domestic terrorism. Try everything. Exactly. Everyone tries -- it's a combination thereof and I don't understand why we have to separate it. At some point we send our prayers but it's not enough, not

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