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Trump claims he wants 'strong background checks' on guns

Trump claims he wants 'strong background checks' on guns

Earlier Monday, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) said President Trump is not "welcome" to in El Paso and should "accept responsibility" that his rhetoric was a contributing factor to the massacre.

Trump tweeted Monday about the weekend shootings in Texas and OH that left 29 dead and dozens wounded.

President Trump said the victims of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend can not die in vain and suggested Democrats and Republicans work together, tying background checks and immigration reform so that something positive will come from the attacks.

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.

On Sunday night, he told a reporter who asked if Trump could say anything to make things better: "What do you think?"

During his administration, Barack Obama often brought thoughtfulness and raw emotion in addressing mass shootings, particularly Sandy Hook, during which he began to tear up while describing the children who were lost at a press conference.

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On Twitter Monday, Trump seemed to deflect from scrutiny over the manifesto, which had language mirroring some of his own. "We can not allow him to get off scot-free just because he gave a speech here today".

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. Both shooting suspects were US citizens, and federal officials are investigating anti-immigrant bias as a potential motive for the El Paso, Texas, massacre.

And Trump himself has reneged on previous pledges to strengthen gun laws.

At a February meeting with survivors and family members of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting in which 17 people died, Trump promised to be "very strong on background checks". But he later retreated, expressing support for modest changes to the federal background check system and for arming teachers.

"It took less than three hours for the president to back off his call for stronger background check legislation", the two Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.

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. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives. "It's got to be you, and those who are helping this country understand what is happening in our name, to connect those dots of these actions that can seem unconnected or disparate or random or just unusual".