White House prepares gun control package

The White House is drafting a package of bills on gun control after seven more people died in a mass shooting in Texas over the weekend, CNN reports.  

The package is likely to include an expedited death penalty for mass shooters, but not measures to expand background checks for gun sales, according to CNN. It comes after a mass shooter killed seven people and injured at least 25 more at a traffic stop in Odessa, Texas, on Aug. 31.

President Donald Trump said the shooting hasn't changed the administration's plans to craft a package of legislation, according to CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is reportedly waiting to take action in Congress until he knows the president's position, according to USA Today.

In the wake of several mass shootings this summer, healthcare associations and leaders like Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling are calling for legislative reform to address gun violence as a public health issue. 

 

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