President Trump condemns ‘racist hate’ and white supremacy after mass shootings

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Without naming President Trump or the divisive rhetoric of his successor on immigration and race - which some Democrats have said fans the hatred behind violent acts like Saturday's massacre in El Paso - Obama urged the public to rebuff "leaders" who scapegoat certain groups and employ bigoted language.

In a Monday statement addressing the shootings, the organization of professional psychiatrists first noted that mental health programs are "severely underfunded in this country" to begin with (not to mention that Trump's proposed cuts to the Affordable Care Act would further reduce access to care). "We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals".

So is mental illness to blame for America's mass shootings?

A 21-year-old white supremacist is in custody in the Texas domestic terrorism case.

Just 13 hours later, nine more people were killed outside a bar in a popular night-life district in Dayton, Ohio.

"We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders before they start", he said.

The Justice Department is "seriously considering" bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty, USA lawyer John Bash said Sunday in a news conference.

"These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation and a crime against all of humanity", Trump said.

Trump's comments followed tweets he sent earlier Monday, which suggested tying immigration legislation to strengthening background checks on gun owners following a weekend in which the alleged shooter in El Paso, Texas, is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics. "No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do". But guns are not the problem, according to the president. He told the USA he wants legislation providing "strong background checks" for gun owners, though he has reneged on previous promises after mass attacks.

The House passed the bill in February.

Throughout his eight-year tenure, the former president called for "common-sense gun laws" but did not make significant progress, with major pieces of gun control legislation failing to pass in the Senate in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

McConnell had expressed his condolences on Twitter earlier in the day, which many users took issue with, citing frustration with his not calling an emergency session.

Not long after, Schumer responded that the plan didn't go far enough, stating that the White House had only "taken tiny baby steps created to not upset the NRA", the Wall Street Journal reported.

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