President Trump said he was moving quickly to find a solution following a pair of shooting incidents in El Paso, Texas where 20 people were killed and in Dayton, Ohio where 9 people were killed (excluding the shooter).
Speaking to a group of reporters in Morristown, New Jersey on Sunday, Trump quickly denounced those suspects responsible for the shooting and said his administration was “going to take care of” the problem.
During a presser on Monday morning, Trump echoed these sentiments and said the whole country ought to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism.” He said “these sinister ideologies must be defeated” and that “hate has no place in America.”
The president said the “barbaric slaughters” are an “attack on our nation,” ABC News reports.
Pres. Trump urges the country to "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism," in his first formal remarks following two mass shootings, saying "these sinister ideologies must be defeated" and "hate has no place in America." https://t.co/8aK3Kzr8r3 pic.twitter.com/U1LivG7bKF
— ABC News (@ABC) August 5, 2019
While not proposing any major gun control legislation, he said the nation needs to strengthen mental health laws. “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” he said.
“Today I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively…” the president added.
Trump said the country needs to put partisanship aside, saying it is “not up to mentally ill monsters, it is up to us.”
“The perils of internet and social media cannot be ignored and will not be ignored,” the president said, blaming “gruesome and grizzly video games” for the “glorification of violence in our society.”
President Trump calls for "cultural change" following mass shootings: "We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace" https://t.co/yYzXIN5Uub pic.twitter.com/C7u2qImL4j
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 5, 2019
As the Associated Press reports, Trump said on Sunday that he was in communication with the Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and various members of Congress.
In his remarks, he described the shooters as “really very seriously mentally ill.” He also said the shootings have been happening “for years and years” but “we have to get it stopped.”
JUST IN: President Trump speaks on back-to-back deadly mass shootings: "I want to extend our condolences to the people of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, they're incredible people and they've been through a lot."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 4, 2019
“Hate has no place in our country and we’re going to take care of it … these are people that are very, very seriously mentally ill,” Trump contended.
During the interview, the president said his administration was “talking to a lot of people” and said, “a lot of things are in the works.”
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 5, 2019
The president contended that his administration had already accomplished a lot to prevent mass shootings and instances of gun violence.
“We have done much more than most administrations and it’s really not talked about very much but we’ve done actually a lot—perhaps more has to be done,” he admitted.
"We're talking to a lot of people and a lot of things are in the works," President Trump says when asked how he will handle the gun problem in the wake of mass shootings.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 4, 2019
Here’s more on the shootings from ABC News:
In El Paso, at least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured on Saturday morning during a massacre at a Walmart that was packed with back-to-school shoppers, making it one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, officials said. The wounded ranged in age from a 2-year-old child to an 82-year-old victim.
The suspect was identified by authorities as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas. He is being held on a charge of capital murder, court records show.
Less than 15 hours later, in Dayton, at least nine people were killed and 27 injured after a gunman wearing body armor and wielding an AK-47-style assault rifle opened fire in in the bustling Oregon District of Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley told ABC News.
In Chicago at least three people have been killed and 37 more injured since Friday evening in shootings within city limits, including 22 people shot Sunday in less than four hours, the Chicago Sun-Times reported
Trump followed up the Sunday interview with a pair of tweets on Monday morning where he said, “We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain.”
“Likewise for those so seriously wounded,” the president continued. “We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
….this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019