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Biden: Trump doesn’t have ‘intestinal fortitude’ for gun control; ‘no compromise’ with McConnell

September 4, 2019

Former vice president and current candidate for president Joe Biden said Monday that he sees little hope for a compromise in Washington, D.C., that would tighten restrictions on gun sales—adding that President Donald Trump “has no intestinal fortitude” to follow through on his talk of pushing Congress to act in the wake of yet another mass shooting, NBC News reported.

The still-dominant Democratic frontrunner has made his ability to work with Republicans a touchstone of his presidential campaign, the network said—but he told reporters in Iowa that guns will not be an issue that can be dealt with across the aisle.

“I said I’ll work with {Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell where we can agree. But on this one, he’s not going to agree … so we just have to beat him, flat out beat him,” Biden said a Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids. “I think there’s no compromise. This is one we have to just push and push and push and push and push. And the fact of the matter is, I think it’s going to result in seeing some of them [Republicans] defeated.”

Guns are an issue on the agenda for Congress when it returns to Washington this month after the August recess, but Biden said he’s not holding his breath for action.

Part of the problem, he told NBC News, is that Trump has on several occasions voiced some support for new gun safety measures, including universal background checks, only to backtrack later.

“I’ve seen nothing,” he said of a possible solution in Congress this fall. “The president has no intestinal fortitude to deal with this. He knows better. His instinct was to say yeah, we’re going to do something on background checks. What’s he doing? Come on. This is disgraceful. This is disgraceful what’s happening.”

Biden’s head-to-head rival, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), told NBC News, “[W}e know what the pieces are …— universal background checks, assault weapons off our streets, get rid of bump stocks and the ability to fire weapons in a short period of time. There are a lot of things we could be doing. So why doesn’t it happen? And the answer is corruption. It’s corruption. Right now we have a Washington that is held hostage by the gun industry and the NRA. That has to stop.”

Research contact: NBCNews

Support builds nationwide for gun control legislation

February 22, 2018

Despite a report yesterday by ABC News/Washington Post that 77% of Americans  are looking at better mental health monitoring to prevent mass shootings—and that only 58%  are advocating for stricter gun laws—new findings have been released indicating that support for gun control is growing.

The independent Quinnipiac University National Poll—also conducted following  the massacre of 17 students and staff members on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—found that American voters now are supporting stricter gun laws, 66% to 31%.

What’s more, respondents advocated, 67% versus 29% for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons; and 83% versus 14% for a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases.

Also released on February 20, according to Quinnipiac, this is “the highest level of support ever measured by the … poll”—with 50% versus 44% support among gun owners; 62% versus 35% advocacy from white voters with no college degree; and 58% versus 38% backing among white men.

Support for universal background checks is, itself, almost universal, with 97% of respondents for it versus 2% against (97% versus 3% among gun owners). Support for gun control on other questions is at its highest level since the Quinnipiac University Poll began focusing on this issue in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre:

It is too easy to buy a gun in the United States  today, respondents told Quinnipiac, 67% versus 3%. If more people carried guns Americans would be less safe, they stressed, 59% versus  33% percent.

Finally, the poll found, Americans think that Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence, 75% versus 17%t.

“If you think Americans are largely unmoved by the mass shootings, you should think again. Support for stricter gun laws is up 19 points in little more than two years,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Research contact: timothy.malloy@quinnipiac.edu