United States President, Donald Trump, expressed his disapproval of hatred and white supremacy, as he addressed the public after the mass shooting that brought the deaths of 31 people in Ohio and Texas.
Trump suggested mental health gun control improvements, the enforcement of the death penalty for individuals who have committed mass murders, and more political cooperation in regards to gun laws.
“Mental illness and hate pull the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said at the White House yesterday. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” He further commented, “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
His comments were made not long before the suspect in the Texas shooting was charged with capital murder. Police in El Paso verified yesterday that two more victims had passed away in hospital, bringing the death total in the Texas shooting to 22.
Trump against “violent” video games
In addition to altering mental health laws, Trump also wants to do away with the “glorification of violence” in American culture. He suggested policies that would enable police to confiscate weapons from people who are thought to be a danger to themselves or to others.
He went on to attack the internet and the video game industry, saying that “gruesome” video games encourage violent behaviour in society.
“It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence,” said Trump. “We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”
Ironically, he failed to comment on criticism aimed at his own merciless diction opposing illegal immigration, which was thought to play a part in the increase of racially-driven attacks.
Trump was also criticized when he inaccurately referred to Dayton – the city in Ohio where nine people were murdered in one of the shootings – as Toledo.
“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, may God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio,” Trump said before leaving the stage.