Trump to address nation after USA shootings leave 29 dead

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The president acknowledged little has been done to prevent gun violence in the two decades since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, one of the deadliest attacks the time.

Addressing reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, Mr Trump said "we're going to take care" of the problem. "We can and will stop this evil contagion".

At least one of the shootings - the Saturday morning rampage in a Walmart in El Paso - is alleged to have been a hate crime. The shooter, a 24-year-old male, was shot and killed by responding officers. The manifesto believed to have been posted by the shooting suspect in El Paso used similar language, saying "this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas". Federal prosecutors are treating the case as an act of domestic terrorism.

With these proposals, Trump is providing a response to the shootings with ideas that many Republicans in Congress can embrace - without confronting the gun lobby and tackling the problems with firearm accessibility that many view as a driver of gun violence.

President Donald Trump waves to members of the media as he and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, as they return from Bedminster, N.J.

On Sunday, the president said he had spoken to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray about the killings.

In a televised address later Monday morning, Trump called on the nation to "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" but stopped short of acknowledging his own divisive and racist rhetoric. "These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America", he said. "Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul".

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Trump blames a culture in which violent video games and "dark recesses" of social media contribute to radicalizing perpetrators of mass shootings.

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill calling for universal background checks for gun buyers, and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene the chamber in an emergency session to pass the legislation.

This isn't the first time the president has been vocal about expanding background checks in the wake of mass shooting events.

He also said the country must make reforms to mental health laws to better identify "mentally disturbed individuals" before a tragedy occurs.

Trump demanded "rapid due process" and "red flag laws" that will help expedite the death penalty and capital punishment proceedings for future mass shooters.

Trump could also invoke his power under the Constitution to call back Congress.

He urges Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship and find solutions to violence. "Our future is in our control", Trump said. "We have done much more than most administrations ... but perhaps more has to be done". "The perils of the internet and social media can not be ignored and they will not be ignored". "We can never forget them, and those many who came before them", the president said in a tweet. "My heart is with the loved ones of the victims and the residents and first responders of Texas and OH".

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