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Authorities seek leads in mass shootings that left 31 dead

Authorities seek leads in mass shootings that left 31 dead”

O'Rourke, who represented El Paso as a member of Congress, told reporters shortly following the massacre that left 20 people dead on Saturday that Trump "is a racist and he stokes racism in this country". "And it's time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much - clearly and unequivocally".

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 said that he had spoken with the Texas and OH governors, and with US Attorney General William Barr and members of Congress to see what can be done to halt gun violence in the US, and he added that on Monday he will issue an official statement on the shootings from the White House. "I am directing the Department of Justice to work in. partnership with local, state and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike", Trump said.

Missing during his remarks was a recommendation that Congress take action on background checks or linking gun legislation to immigration reform, as he said in tweets earlier Monday morning.

It was unclear how either of the shootings were related to immigration reform.

"The president has not been shy, he's not saying this behind closed doors", O'Rourke said in an MSNBC interview posted to his Twitter Monday. "We can not allow him to get off scot-free just because he gave a speech here today".

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Democrats on Monday accused Trump of fostering an environment of hate that led to the shootings, and they angrily renewed their calls for his defeat next year.

"Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years".

In his message posted Monday afternoon, Obama did not mention Trump by name, but his intended target was clear.

Adhering to what has become a GOP talking point of blaming mental illness and not firearms for mass shootings, Trump signaled he would oppose large-scale gun control efforts pushed by Democrats, saying, "hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun".

Trump called for perpetrators of mass shootings to be eligible for the death penalty and for increased attention to mental health. But he has resisted Democratic calls to toughen other gun control laws. That was followed by another shooting in a nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio, which claimed nine lives.

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