Published: Tue, August 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

After mass shootings, Obama decries language of leaders that "normalizes racist sentiments"

After mass shootings, Obama decries language of leaders that

"President Trump called me yesterday".

Hours after the El Paso attack, nine more were killed in a shooting on a busy nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio.

The president has made a crackdown on immigration both legal and illegal a centrepiece of his presidency and even more so of late as he campaigns for re-election next year and reaches out to his largely white, working-class base.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that Trump should push the GOP-controlled Senate to take up the House's background check bills.

"Hate has no place in America". He's been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.

Trump also failed to mention restricting access to assault rifles or an outright ban on the weapons, used in the two weekend attacks, with which a gunman can rattle off dozens of high-powered rounds per minute.

But Trump on Monday found blame elsewhere. Did President Bush ever come at - he had 32 shootings of mass shootings during his reign. "I would encourage them to show him his own words and his actions at the rallies because we're not going to get past this until there's acknowledgment from the very top that we need to heal, that this whole country is hurting, that there has been bigotry and racism and hatred that has been stoked at all levels", Escobar told MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Additionally, Trump directed the Department of Justice to seek and prioritize the enforcement of the death penalty in cases of hate crimes and mass shootings.

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

"No other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States", Obama wrote.

But Trump has resisted calls to toughen other gun control laws.

He noted how the Parkland, Fla., school shooter in February 2018 exhibited numerous signs that he would do something destructive but "nobody did anything". But he later retreated, expressing support for modest changes to the federal background check system and for arming teachers.

With his Monday proposals, Trump responded to the shootings with ideas that many Republicans in Congress can embrace - without confronting the gun lobby or tackling the issue of firearm accessibility that many view as a driver of gun violence.

Mr. Kilmeade, Ms. Earhardt and co-host Steve Doocy, of "Fox & Friends", continued to defend Mr. Trump from claims that his rhetoric inspired mass shootings over the weekend that left 31 people dead.

Read Barack Obama's full statement of the recent mass shootings below.

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