The President of the United States, Donald Trump will be addressing the country after the triggered accusations that the US shootings were caused because of his rhetoric. The rampages left 29 people dead.
On Saturday morning 20 people were shot dead while shopping at a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Nine more outside a bar in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio just 13 hours later.
After the terrible incident, Trump said “hate has no place in our country,” but he also blamed mental illness for the violence.
“These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill,” he added.
“We have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years… and years in our country,” he said. The comments of the president were similar to the remarks made by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the aftermath of the mass shooting.
“Mental health is a large contributor to any type of violence or shooting violence,” Abbott said on Saturday.
Democrats have demanded stricter gun laws to prevent such situations. Presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Cory Booker said Trump bears responsibility for the shooting in El Paso due to his anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl named the gunman as a 24-year-old white man called Connor Betts. Among the killed, there was also his sister who had gone with him to the site.
Trump has described the attack of the El Paso as “an act of cowardice,” on Twitter. However, the critics said that the president’s habit of speaking in derogatory terms about immigrants is creating hatred among foreigners.
“To pretend that his administration and the hateful rhetoric it spreads doesn’t play a role in the kind of violence that we saw yesterday in El Paso is ignorant at best and irresponsible at worst,” said the Southern Poverty Law Center, a major civil rights group.