Senate GOP Considers Gun Control Measures — But Not At Cost Of Cutting Short Vacation

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) address reporters following their weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, September 25, 2... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) address reporters following their weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, September 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 7, 2019 7:50 a.m.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a call with three chairman and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to seriously talk gun control measures — but not so seriously as to consider cutting short the August recess to come back to work.

According to a CNN report, at no point during the call did the Republicans consider an early return to vote on Democrats’ background check bill, which has already passed the House.

Instead, the five men — also including Sen. health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. judiciary committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. commerce committee chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) — considered ways that they could bring to life the supposed catalysts for gun violence that President Donald Trump mentioned in his remarks Tuesday.

Those included violent video games and mental health problems. Trump also cited red flag laws, a measure which has been adopted by several states.

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