Trump Unequivocally Denounces Racism, White Nationalism While Calling for Gun Reform, Stronger Mental Health Resources, Tougher Immigration Laws After Weekend’s Mass Shootings

  • Speaking about the two mass shootings that devastated the nation over the weekend, President Trump condemned the shootings on Monday and described them as “barbaric crimes against all humanity.”
  • Trump said: “Our nation is overcome with shock, horror and sorrow. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil.”
  • During his remarks, Trump called for tougher gun laws, including “red flag laws,” which allows family members and law enforcement to take guns away from those who are considered a risk.
  • Trump also said that mental health needs to be addressed to prevent additional mass shootings.
  • Many had criticized Trump over the weekend for his “muted response” to the two shootings that left 29 dead and left dozens injured, but Trump remarked: “We vow to act with urgent resolve.”
  • With many on the left accusing the president of racism and being a white nationalist, Trump unequivocally said: “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”
  • He also noted that “he had directed the FBI to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism.” Trump said: “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
  • Trump hinted on Twitter earlier on Monday “that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation’s immigration system.” However, he didn’t go into details during his remarks.
  • Both of the suspects in the weekend’s mass shootings are U.S. citizens. Trump, however, said that he’s open to ideas “that will actually work.”
  • One of Trump’s proposals includes “reforms to mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” with Trump “adding that we must make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement.”
  • “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said.
  • Trump added: “We must do a better job at identifying and acting on early warning signs. I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies and social media companies to develop tools to identify mass shooters before they strike.”
  • The president also said: “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace…It is too easy for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”

Reference Links

  • AP: Dayton shooting witness breaks down recalling trying to save victim READ
  • NBC: Trump condemns ‘racism, bigotry and white supremacy’ after weekend of mass shootings READ
  • USA TODAY: Donald Trump slams white nationalism, vows to respond with ‘urgent resolve’ to El Paso, Dayton shootings READ
  • Fox: Trump condemns ‘white supremacy,’ calls for mental health and gun reforms after double mass shootings READ

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