Obama on Mass Shootings: Reject Racism From Leaders

President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday

President Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday

Obama denounced language from "leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people".

Donald Trump has been widely criticized for confusing Dayton, the site of one of this weekend's shootings in which nine people were killed, with another OH city, Toledo.

Former President Barack Obama called for stricter gun control laws in a Monday statement after two mass shootings over the weekend left more than 30 people dead in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The suspect in the El Paso massacre posted a racist, anti-immigrant screed shortly before the attack, investigators say.

"May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, may god protect them", President Trump said.

He did not express support for gun control measures proposed in Congress.

Trump earlier on Monday had called for "strong background checks" on gun buyers, but he did not elaborate on the idea and it was not the central part of his White House statement.

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"We must stop the glorification of violence in our society", Trump said.

"And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening", Obama wrote.

Trump's Monday morning speech from the White House responded to the pair of mass shootings within 24 hours of each other in Texas and OH over the weekend. He was often moved to tears when he addressed the country after a mass shooting.

"We must recognize that the internet has provided a risky avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts", Trump said.

"The Trump White House is so incompetent and insensitive that they couldn't even get the name of the city right,"tweeted CNN commentator Keith Boykin". While he cited "racist hate" in the manifesto, he blamed the shootings on mental illness, violent video games and the internet.

The measure was voted on in the Senate six years ago during a failed attempt to toughen USA gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, that took the lives of 20 children and seven adults.

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