After each mass shooting, Trump promises to take action, to get tough, etc. Then he hears from the NRA and passes the ball to Congress. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell sends any restrictions on guns to the trash heap.

James Hohman writes in the Power Post:

Following his now well-established pattern after mass shootings, Trump continues to back away from his initial support for “strong background checks.” When the bodies are still being buried – whether after Las Vegas, Parkland, Fla., or El Paso – the president proclaims that he will take meaningful action to address the epidemic of gun violence. But as public attention wanes, and he faces pushback from the National Rifle Association, Trump returns to saying the problem that needs to be addressed is actually mental health.

“It’s the people that pull the trigger, not the gun that pulls the trigger,” Trump said last night on the tarmac in New Jersey, as he prepared to fly back to Washington after 10 days at the golf club he owns there. “We have a very, very big mental health problem, and Congress is working on various things and I will be looking at it. … They have bipartisan committees working on background checks and various other things. And we’ll see. I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem. I don’t want them to forget that because it is. It’s a mental health problem.”

There have always been lots of violent people in the world, but they did not always have such easy access to weapons of war and massive magazines. Mass shootings did not used to happen with such regularity, and they did not used to be so deadly.

Asked last night if he’ll support universal background checks, Trump was curt and noncommittal. “I’m not saying anything,” he replied. “I’m saying Congress is going to be reporting back to me with ideas. And they’ll come in from Democrats and Republicans. And I’ll look at it very strongly. But just remember, we already have a lot of background checks, okay? Thank you.”

If mental health is the cause of gun violence, why did Trump roll back an Obama-era regulation that prevented people with a history of mental illness from buying guns? What is this administration doing to help people with mental health issues?