At a press conference on Monday morning, President Donald Trump once again offered his sympathies to the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. He also detailed the response he expects the federal government to have to the tragedies.
“This morning, our nation is overcome with shock, horror and sorrow,” Trump said in the opening of the press conference. He then detailed the horrific mass shootings that have rocked the nation.
He described the shootings as crimes “against humanity.” He promised that “we will never forget.”
The president condemned the “racist hate” that infested the alleged online manifesto left by the El Paso shooter.
“We must recognize that the internet has provided a dangerous avenue” for the mentally ill, the president argued after mentioning the manifesto.
“The dangers and perils of social media cannot — and they will not — be ignored,” he added.
The president said the country must work in a “bipartisan fashion” to address the issue of mass shootings. He went on to detail a few of the plans he has set out to complete in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton tragedies.
The president said we need to “do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs.” He said mass shooters often show “red flags” before they commit their acts of terror. One of the ways he plans on identifying these shooters is to help social media companies to “develop tools to identify mass shooters before they strike.”
He also said we must “stop the glorification of violence in our society.” This “glorification” partly comes from “gruesome and grisly video games,” said the president.
The president also focused on mental illness in his remarks.
“We must reform our mental health laws” to better identify people like the El Paso and Dayton shooters, he said. Trump even suggested making “involuntary confinement” easier for people who show “red flags.”
The president also suggested that the “death penalty” be encouraged for people who commit “hate crimes” and “mass murders.”
“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said.
Check out Trump’s press conference below:
Source: Fox News
In previous comments made to the press about the shootings Trump praised law enforcement for their quick response times to both shootings.
“Nobody could have done what they’ve done,” he said. “This could have been — as bad as it was, it could have been so much worse. I just have to thank them. The job they’ve done is incredible. They were right on the ball in El Paso. They were there so quickly. And in Dayton, in less than a minute. Think of the damage he did in such a short period of time. In less than a minute, the law enforcement acted and killed him. And it would have been unbelievable. It was — would have been — it was horrible, but it would have been so much worse.”
He also vowed to “take care of” the problems at the core of these shootings.
“Hate has no place in our country. And we’re going to take care of it,” he said.
Teasing his Monday morning press conference, Trump made it clear then that he believes mental illness is the real issue at the center of these tragedies.
“We’re talking to a lot of people and a lot of things are in the works and a lot of good things. And we’ve done much more than most administrations,” he said. “But this is also a mental illness problem if you look at both of those cases. This is mental illness. These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill. So a lot of things are happening.”
The president had also previously tweeted about the shootings.
God bless the people of El Paso, Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
….The flags at the White House will be lowered today through Thursday, August 8. Melania and I are praying for all those impacted by this unspeakable act of evil!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
Many on the left, including 2020 hopefuls like Beto O’Rourke, have used the recent tragedies to slam the president as a white supremacist who has inspired violence through his rhetoric. This is, of course, nonsense that is ultimately little more than a distraction in the larger discussion about how and why these tragedies happen.
The president has offered nothing but support in the wake of these shootings and it’s clear he is keen on doing something in response.
While leftists rage on and on about banning guns — which, at this point, is an argument barely worth responding to — it is becoming clearer that mental illness is something that needs to be more closely addressed by Americans in our communities.
Manifestos left by these shooters — as well as their past social media postings — show how out of touch with reality they became leading up to these shootings, and it’s clear the celebrity that the media bestows upon them then offers them some sort of promised validation in their deranged minds.
It’s good to see President Trump wants to do something about these tragedies, and let’s hope the focus is kept on mental illness and the response our media and we the people have to these shootings, rather than on nonsense politicians like O’Rourke who want to engage in petty political arguments that ultimately have little to do with the actual tragedies.
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