WASHINGTON — Calling the deadly weekend shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas “barbaric,” President Donald Trump on Monday called for a bipartisan effort to pass stricter gun laws.
“We vow to act with urgent resolve,” Trump said.
Referring to the deadly mass shootings as “crimes against humanity,” the president also condemned “white supremacy” and called for stricter background checks when purchasing handguns.
“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate,” said the president. “Mental illness and hate pull the trigger, not the gun.”
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump continued. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
The president targeted violent video games and social media for helping to fan the flames of hatred and said more must be done to recognize those with “mental and emotional issues.”
“We must recognize the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed mind
The president’s call to action comes in response to criticism from the left that his administration has not done enough to stop gun violence.
“We have done much more than most administrations,” he said Monday. “We have done actually a lot. But perhaps more has to be done.”
s and perform demented acts,” he said.
Police say a gunman on Saturday walked into a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, near the Mexican border and opened fire. Two more victims of the attack died in hospital on Monday.
A total of eight Mexican citizens were killed in the shooting.
Just hours later, authorities say a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio. Nine victims were reportedly killed in that attack.