President Donald Trump does not have the “intestinal fortitude” to handle gun violence, former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday while reacting to a weekend mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, where seven people were killed and 22 injured.
“I’ve seen nothing,” Biden told reporters at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Labor Day picnic, reports The Hill. “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.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential frontrunner said he does not see a compromise with Republicans in Washington on gun control and there will be “no possible solution” until next fall’s election.
Trump had shown some support for stronger background checks in August after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but has since backed off from that stance.
Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee had planned to return early from recess to consider gun control reform, but because of Hurricane Dorian opted to wait.
The committee was to discuss bills banning high-capacity magazines and to prevent people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes or otherwise considered to be high-risk from having guns.