President Trump to visit mass shooting sites amid criticism

Henrietta Brewer
August 12, 2019

Both Brown and Whaley acknowledged that they pushed Trump on gun control measures, including bans on assault weapons, during their brief time together.

"That was some, that was some crowd", Trump said, according to cell phone video from one attendee.

Protesters gathered outside city hall on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, where one of two weekend mass shootings took place in the U.S., ahead of a visit from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The mayors urged the Senate to vote on two bills already passed in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives to expand background checks for gun sales. "So these are people that are looking for political gain".

"We can't get anything done in the Senate because Mitch McConnell and President Trump are in bed with the gun lobby", Brown said.

Trump bizarrely lashed out at both Democrats on Twitter immediately after leaving Dayton, accusing them of misrepresenting his visit.

Trump, too, has been able to summon soothing words.

Trump consoled victims of mass shootings in OH and Texas on Wednesday, but despite promising a message of unity, he continued to rail at opponents while facing protests that his rhetoric on race has fueled extremism.

Lynell Graham, an OH resident, turned up to protest, telling CNN: "I did not think that this is a place where Trump should come for a photo op on dead people".

"Just left Dayton, Ohio, where I met with the Victims & families, Law Enforcement, Medical Staff & First Responders".

But striking a serious tone, he added: "You have a lot of talk... but in the end, nothing happens".

Poignant: An Oregon resident stands at a memorial for those killed during the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. "We want, as a community, action on gun policy".

The president earlier on Wednesday noted that the alleged Dayton shooter was a self-described socialist and "leftist" who supported Antifa in addition to Warren and Sen.

Emotions are still raw in the aftermath of the early Sunday morning shooting rampage that left 10 dead, including the gunman, in the city's popular OR entertainment district. The FBI said the Dayton shooter also explored violent ideologies.

Priscilla Perez of Las Cruces said she participated in the rally "because of the color of my skin, because of the people I represent, because of my family, because of the injustice".

White House spokesman Stephanie Grisham said the President and First Lady Melania Trump met several victims in their hospital rooms and others who had been discharged in OH, and thanked the medical staff for their work.

She then said that the president is not welcome in the city. Ted Cruz, who also visited on Wednesday. But they noted again and again that the shooter was an apparent supporter. It was the second of two mass shootings 13 hours apart that shocked the country.

Betts also had no apparent criminal record as an adult, and police have said there was nothing that would have prevented him from buying some kind of weapon.

"Rhetoric that argues otherwise will further stigmatise and interfere with people accessing needed treatment. We believe in tolerance and equality, and will always stay true to those values", the statement said, noting that Ross was "a passive investor and is not involved in the management of either business".

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