After addressing the need for tougher guns laws, he added: "While the motivations behind these shootings may not yet be fully known, there are indications that the El Paso shooting follows a unsafe trend: troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy. And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening".
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.
Obama also called on Americans to "soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments". "Like the followers of ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations, these individuals may act alone, but they've been radicalized by white nationalist websites that proliferate on the internet", he wrote. He didn't specify which leaders he was talking about.
This is a breaking news story - more to follow. He said in addition to allowing such people to get treatment, some should be subjected to "involuntary confinement" should they pose too great of a public risk.
Despite leading Donald Trump Jr. and other high-profile Republicans in accusing social media of "political bias", the president said he will instruct the Justice Department to work with Silicon Valley to create software that "detects" potential mass shooters.
Candles burn as part of a memorial at the scene of Sunday morning's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. August 5, 2019.
Trump has previously tempered his criticism of white supremacy, though he said in scripted remarks to the nation earlier Monday that the nation "must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy". In 2017, he said the "toughest day" of his tenure was when he met with the families of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT in 2012.
"Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun", he said in the address. He said the Internet, social media and violent video games had helped radicalize people.
Explosions at Russian ammunition site triggers mass evacuation
It has been reported Achinsk Mayor Ilay Akhmetov said the entire city at its 100,000 residents are being prepared for evacuation. Fire continued to rip through the ammunition depot, lighting up the evening sky, as plumes of smoke billowed from the warehouse.