After mass shootings, Obama decries language of leaders that "normalizes racist sentiments"

Henrietta Brewer
August 6, 2019

President Donald Trump on Monday called for urgent action to prevent gun violence and said all Americans must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after mass shootings in Texas and OH killed 29 people and wounded dozens.

Obama has said that his inability to strengthen gun laws was the "biggest frustration" of his presidency.

"Such language isn't new - it's been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world", Obama said.

"It has no place in our politics and public life", he said.

He added, "It's time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much - clearly and unequivocally".

Without naming President Donald Trump by name, Obama's statement is a direct criticism of current United States president's leadership style.

Trump began his presidential campaign in 2015 by characterizing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers and he has repeatedly likened immigrants crossing the border from Mexico as an "invasion".

Trump has previously tempered his criticism of white supremacy, though he said in scripted remarks to the nation earlier Monday that the nation "must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy".

Former President Barack Obama; a vigil in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday after the mass shooting there. Police in El Paso cited a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting, which they attributed to the suspect, Patrick Crusius.

Trump called for perpetrators of mass shootings to be eligible for the death penalty and for increased attention to mental health.

The two massacres over the weekend have reignited the divisive debate around gun control and exposing the deadly threat of domestic terrorism, radicalization of youth and white supremacy.

He also noted no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings the US does and no other developed nation tolerates the high levels of gun violence. He also said that pre-identifying and apprehending potential mass shooters will be possible through a law enforcement tool he's proposing called "extreme risk protection orders".

"And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening", Obama wrote.

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