“But we need to look at more than just guns. We need to look at violence in our society. You know, we’ve got a violent society,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Boehner said lawmakers need to examine how to stop people with mental illnesses from obtaining firearms.

“And if you’ve looked at all these mass shootings, what you see is the people who perpetrated these crimes all had a history of mental illness,” he said.

“So where’s the nexus? And how do we ensure that we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them?”