Michael C. Bender, reporting for The New York Times:
Unbeknownst to the public, however, Mr. Trump again pushed inside
the White House for significant new gun-control measures more than
a year later, after a pair of gruesome shooting sprees that
unfolded over 13 hours. Those discussions have not previously been
On Aug. 3, 2019, a far-right gunman killed 23 people at a Walmart
store in El Paso. Early the next morning, a man shot and killed
nine people outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio. Both assailants used
At the White House the next day, Mr. Trump was so shaken by the
weekend’s violence that he questioned aides about a specific
potential solution and made clear he wanted to take action,
according to three people present during the conversation.
“What are we going to do about assault rifles?” Mr. Trump asked.
“Not a damn thing,” Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff,
“Why?” Trump demanded.
“Because,” Mr. Mulvaney told him, “you would lose.”