Gun Rights Become Central Issue in 2020 Campaign

The back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio—one of which authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime—thrust back into the national spotlight the debate over gun-control laws, which is likely to dominate the presidential campaign in coming days even as legislation faces steep odds of passing.

Democrats on Sunday criticized Senate Republicans for opposing legislation they said would help prevent mass shootings and accused President Trump of using rhetoric that helped incite the violence. Republicans expressed outrage at the weekend shootings that killed 30 people but offered few signs of wavering on their opposition to new gun laws.

“Hate has no place in our country, and we’re going to take care of it,” Mr. Trump told reporters Sunday as he left his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J. He offered no specifics, saying only that he had spoken to lawmakers about “whatever we can do” and that “perhaps more has to be done.” He said he would make a statement Monday morning at the White House.

With Congress recessed for August, any gun-control fight is likely to play out between Democratic presidential contenders and the White House. Gun control has already been a prominent theme in the Democratic presidential primary, where candidates broadly agree on legislation such as universal background checks.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.