On Monday, President Donald Trump urged the nation to condemn partiality and white supremacy after two mass shootings. He focused on fighting against mental illness over new gun-control measures in remarks delivered from the White House.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said. “Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”
His remarks came after a weekend of carnage in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead and scores more wounded. Trump condemned the “two evil attacks” and vowed to act “with urgent resolve.”
He highlighted several possible steps, including “red-flags laws” which focus on better identifying mentally ill people who should not be allowed to buy firearms. “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger. Not the gun,” said Trump.
Besides stopping the “glorification of violence in our society” in video games, he also stressed over cultural changes. He tweeted, calling for “strong background checks” and suggested pairing gun legislation with new immigration laws.
In his tweets, Trump said: “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!”
Former President Barack Obama, after few hours, issued a statement calling on the nation to reject words “coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders” that feed fear and hatred and normalize racist sentiments.
Obama further claimed such language has been at the root of most human tragedy, from slavery to the Holocaust to the Rwandan genocide, and “has no place in our politics and our public life.”