According to CNN News on Monday, the US President Donald Trump Suggests Tying Gun Measures To Immigration after the recent shooting that targeted immigrants. He emphasized on the idea of tying immigration legislation to strengthen background checks following a weekend in which there was a reported alleged shooter in El Paso, Texas, who was believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document which targets Hispanics.
Trump Suggests Tying Gun Measures To Immigration
Previously, Trump has expressed an openness to tougher action on gun control only to back away under pressure from Second Amendment activities and the gun lobby. In his tweets on Monday morning, he did not indicate if he supported a sweeping gun control bill that passed the house with bipartisan support in February that requires universal background checks which has not been considered by the Senate.
In his tweets, Trump wrote; “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!”
He further went ahead to blame the media for the weekend’s rampages saying, “coverage has contributed to the anger that has built up over many years,” however, the president rhetoric that include – calling illegal immigration an “infestation” – has been scrutinize in the wake of the shooting and its potential connection to increase violence against immigrants.
In an interview held on Monday morning, Trump urged the nation to condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. But he failed to mention background check legislation or tie any gun action to immigration.
Racial motivation seen in El Paso attack
At least 20 people were reportedly killed in the El Paso shooting, and the alleged shooter who was identified as Patrick Crusius, of Allen, Texas. Shortly before the shooting he is believed to have authored a four-page document online, which was filled with white supremacist language and racist hatred aimed at immigrants and Latinos as well as blaming immigrants and first-generation Americans for taking away jobs.
Shortly after the incident, a shooter in Dayton, Ohio, opened fire in the city’s Oregon District, a popular downtown area, leaving nine dead. The shooter, who is reported to be 24 years old, was shit dead by responding officers. A possible motive behind the attack is yet to be released by the police. In addition, two federal law enforcement sources have told CNN that a preliminary assessment of the shooter’s writings did not indicate any racial or political motive.
2020 Democrats express outrage
Trump has been accused by democratic presidential hopefuls for fostering the environment that led to the El Paso shooting and for disingenuously pushing for fun safety. When asked on Sunday if there was anything Trump could do to protect against gun violence, Beto O’Rourke, ex congressman who represented El Paso;
“What do you think? You know the things he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the fuck? Hold on a second,” O’Rourke replied.
Tim Ryan of Ohio urged Mitch McConnell to wake up and do something. He said people are getting killed in the streets of America and nobody is doing anything about it.