Trump Calls for Linking New Gun Control Legislation to Immigration Reform

Flowers are seen at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El

US President Donald Trump on Monday denounced white supremacist extremism and racism and said mass murderers should be "quickly" executed, in a strongly worded response to two gun massacres over the weekend.

The president ordered the flags at the White House and all federal government buildings lowered to half-staff on Sunday and said he and First Lady Melania Trump would be praying for those impacted by the shootings.

"Hate has no place in our country", he said.

Just 13 hours later, nine more people were killed outside a bar in a popular night-life district in Dayton, Ohio.

Others on social media noted another recent slip-up related to the shootings, when on Sunday former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden mistakenly spoke of "the tragic events in Houston today and also in MI the day before".

On Monday, Trump blamed the nexus of hatred, mental illness and social media for deadly mass shootings.

In a morning Twitter post, Trump called on Republicans and Democrats to work together on strong background checks and possibly combine that legislation with "desperately needed immigration reform".

"Our nation is overcome with shock, horror and sorrow", President Trump said during remarks at the Diplomatic Room of the White House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer renewed their call to pass background checks in a joint statement released after Trump's speech, also criticizing the President for not mentioning "guns while talking about gun violence".

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that unlike in El Paso, where the attacker was likely trying to target a large immigrant population, they did not see "any indication of race being a motive" in the shooting that left the 24-year-old assailant's sister and eight others.

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Trump, who will make remarks later Monday, tweeted about the weekend shootings in Texas and OH that left dozens of people dead. Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic candidate for president who represented El Paso in Congress for six years, explicitly condemned the president.

The President then claimed the gunmen were "really very seriously mentally ill".

We have done much more than most administrations.

Candles burn as part of a memorial at the scene of Sunday morning's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. August 5, 2019. "After all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain".

DeWine has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his pro-gun stance.

Holy Toledo, where do we begin?

He urged Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship and find solutions to gun violence but offered few details on possible action.

Trump "has said racist and hateful things about members of our own communities, about immigrants", Delbene said.

Leading Democrats were quick to criticise Trump for blaming mental illness and not raising the issue of gun control.

In February, the House approved bipartisan legislation to require federal background checks for all gun sales and transfers and approved legislation to allow a review period of up to 10 days for background checks on firearms purchases.

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