We lift our hearts and prayers to the victims of the mass shootings in the U.S. this past weekend. Thirty-one people are dead and dozens more were injured in the two separate incidents.
News reports around the world are reeling from the horrific tragedies compounded by President Trump’s visit El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio today, August 7, 2019.
The 21-year-old gunman in the El Paso shooting opened fire in a Walmart, killing 22 people, including eight Mexicans. Prior to the attack, he posted an anti-immigration manifesto online that claimed a, “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
In a press conference, President Trump condemned the gunmen’s alleged motives, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy — these sinister ideologies must be defeated,” said Trump.
In Dayton, police are still looking for a motive after the gunman shot and killed his own sister and eight others, before being shot and killed by the police. He had allegedly legally purchased an AR-15 style gun and had 250 rounds of ammunition on him.
While Democrat politicians are calling for more gun control like stronger background checks and a ban on assault weapons, Republicans are focusing on cracking down on video game violence and addressing mental health issues.
In 2017 – Context looked at how people cope in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.