President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he is willing to talk about gun control. Willingness to talk about and possibly consider new gun control measures is unusual for a Republican president.
On his way to Puerto Rico, President Trump was asked about the Las Vegas shootings and the possibility of new gun laws. “What happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle,” Trump said in Politico. “The police department has done such an incredible job, and we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
Reporters also asked the president about a Republican bill that would loosen restrictions on the purchase of silencers. Trump answered, “We’ll talk about that later.”
Separately, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) indicated that the silencer bill was delayed indefinitely in the wake of the shootings. The bill is “not scheduled right now. I don’t know when it will be scheduled,” Ryan said in the Chicago Tribune.
President Trump did not give any indication of what talks on gun control might entail or when they might take place. Often, Democratic politicians call for a “national conversation on gun control” in the wake of mass killings.
Former Trump strategist, Steven Bannon had earlier told Axios that a shift on gun control was unlikely for Trump. “Impossible: will be the end of everything,” Bannon said via text.