President Trump went on a Twitter rage on Saturday night, and at one point blamed Democrats for failing to pass gun control measures when the party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House.
Under former president Barack Obama, Democrats passed the most sweeping reform to health care in history with the now-disastrous Affordable Care Act. That bill passed without a single Republican vote when Democrats had a “super majority” in the Senate with 60 Democrats.
“Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!” Trump tweeted.
Obama urged new gun restrictions after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012, which left 26 dead, including 20 children. After that shooting, Congress refused to act, so Obama unilaterally enacted several executive orders in connection with gun control.
But Democrats controlled the House until 2011 — two years after Obama was elected — and the Senate until 2015. During that time, Democrats failed to pass two gun control bills. The first was a ban on assault weapons, the second a plan for universal background checks.
Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said on Sunday that he has no confidence Congress will act now.
“Do I think they can do anything on guns? I hope they prove me wrong and they can because I have no confidence in them,” Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Kasich said “I’m not calling for some outright ban. I’m talking about small steps that can be taken that can be effective, and the Congress ought to do it. I just don’t — I don’t have any confidence in them. I don’t think most Americans do.”