>> It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference.>> President Trump is vowing action as the nation reels from the nation's second deadliest school shooting in US history. But as gun violence grows nationally, Congress and the White House have been making it easier not harder to get a gun.
I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where one day after the Florida massacre, the conversation has fallen back into its familiar ruts. Democrats are talking about gun control. Republicans are talking about mental health, school security. Basically anything, but gun control. This raises the likelihood that the nation's government will once again, fail to muster a coherent response to the threat of mass shootings.
The massacre at the South Florida high school is the nation's 18th school shooting this year and the worst since a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut 5 years ago. Since Sandy Hook, Republican majorities in Congress have pushed for looser federal restrictions on gun ownership, a trend that has picked up under President Donald Trump.
ump has made it easier for dealers to sell firearms to fugitives. And in December, the Republican led House of Representatives passed a bill making it easier to carry concealed weapons across state lines, a move backed by the National Rifle Association.>> Once again, we see the urgency to take true common sense action.
>> Democrats in Congress are calling for tougher background checks and limits on the sale of the powerful AR-15 type semiautomatic rifle that was involved in Wednesday's carnage. Alleged shooter Nicklaus Cruz purchased his weapon legally in Florida where it's easier to by an AR-15 than a handgun. But as reports focus on Cruz's troubled past, President Trump and Republicans in Congress are putting their focus instead on mental health.
>> We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help tackle the difficult issue of mental health.>> The question is, are those laws where they need to be?>> But Trump has previously made it easier for people with a history of mental illness to purchase guns, undoing a rule put in place by President Obama.
Analysts say, these now familiar scenes of weeping parents and fleeing students are unlikely to bring Washington to change the nation's gun laws.