Trump claims he wants stronger gun measures, doesn't say how

Henrietta Brewer
August 6, 2019

The commander in chief called the back-to-back shootings in El Paso and Dayton, "domestic terrorism" and said he would ensure the Federal Bureau of Investigation has whatever it needs to prevent further attacks. He reiterated his view: Trump not only tolerates racism and violence, but promotes it, he said.

Former President Barack Obama on Monday urged Americans to "soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred and normalizes racist sentiments" in the wake of two mass shootings within 24 hours that left more than 30 people dead and dozens injured.

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.

During an address to the nation, President Donald Trump calls for a bipartisan action to stop mass shootings, including "red flag laws" and stopping the glorification of violence through video games. Texas authorities said they were close to linking the El Paso suspect to an anti-immigrant screedthat was posted online shortly before the attack.

"The president has not been shy, he's not saying this behind closed doors", O'Rourke said in an MSNBC interview posted to his Twitter Monday.

Democrats on Monday accused Trump of fostering an environment of hate that led to the shootings, and they angrily renewed their calls for his defeat next year.

"We have to get it stopped". "When he can't mention guns while talking about gun violence, it shows the president remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA".

The 58-year-old continued, "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 wrote.

Trump himself has backed away from previous pledges to strengthen gun laws.

On gun control, a majority of Americans have consistently said they support stronger laws, but proposals have stalled repeatedly in Congress, a marked contrast to some countries that have acted swiftly after a mass shooting.

After other mass shootings he called for strengthening the federal background check system, and in 2018 he signed legislation to increase federal agency data-sharing into the system.

However, Trump drew criticism for mixing up the location of the Dayton shooting with another OH city in the same speech.

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