Obama on Mass Shootings: Reject Racism From Leaders

President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday

President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday

The weekend massacres in El Paso and Dayton were the 250th and 251st mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an NGO. His scripted remarks included a solitary denunciation of white supremacy, which he has been reluctant to criticize, and he made no mention of the anti-immigration rhetoric found in an online screed posted just before the El Paso attack that mirrored his own incendiary language. O'Rourke shot back, sounding angry and using profanities. "So, you know, I just-I don't know what kind of question that is". As more chilling details about the shooting emerge, O'Rourke is one of a host of Democrats saying the president shares responsibility for the actions of a gunman who may face federal hate crime charges.

Trump said Sunday that "hate has no place in our country", but he also blamed mental illness for the violence. It's way too high, but I have news for you.

The President said that he had spoken with the Texas and OH governors, and with US Attorney General William Barr and members of Congress to see what can be done to halt gun violence in the US, and he added that on Monday he will issue an official statement on the shootings from the White House.

At the White House, Trump declared, "In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy".

In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, calls are once again intensifying for Congress to pass gun control legislation, with many pointing to the political influence of the National Rifle Association as a main cause of inaction to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.

At a February meeting with survivors and family members of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting in which 17 people died, Trump promised to be "very strong on background checks". They point to Trump's handling of migrants at the border, his tweet-tirades telling minority lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from, his comments calling Latino immigration "an invasion of our country".

Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant Federal Bureau of Investigation director for Counterintelligence, compared the shooting to Islamic radicalisation due to "a growing body of heat-filled extremists who are radicalising online. finding like-minded extremists and then coming together to encourage each other to violence". His reelection strategy has placed racial animus at the forefront in an effort that his aides say is created to activate his base of conservative voters, an approach not seen by an American president in the modern era. "This is out in the open".

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