President Donald Trump has asked Congress to pass legislation that would create a special, government-funded fund to assist victims of the nation’s mass shootings, which have killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 in the past month.
Trump tweeted the proposal Friday morning, calling for a $20 million fund that would be used to pay for counseling for victims and families, counseling for law enforcement, education, and other services.
The plan comes after a mass shooting in a Colorado mall last week, in which a gunman killed six people and injured 17 others.
Trump said Friday that the funds could be used by the Department of Homeland Security to train police officers to respond to mass shootings.
He added that the fund could be set aside to reimburse state and local governments for the costs of responding to mass shooting events.
“This fund will enable law enforcement and local officials to be better prepared for, and respond to, a mass shooter event and help save lives,” Trump wrote in a Friday morning tweet.
“It will also assist victims, families, and law enforcement in making plans to assist survivors and families of mass shooters.”
The Senate will vote on the proposal Monday.