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Trump Responds to Mass Shootings

With most of the Democrats howling for “common-sense gun laws” and pointing the finger of blame for the two gun massacres in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump’s reaction has been described as conspicuously mild and even statesmanlike. First, though, he went to Twitter and offered a deal.

“We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. 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!”

As Hot Air suggested, the two issues have nothing to do with one another except for the president’s desire to exercise The Art of the Deal. Since the El Paso shooter was partly motivated by the presence of Hispanics in Texas, Ed Morrisey regarded the optics of the proposal to be “jaw-dropping.” Morrisey also noted that immigration reform is so complex that it is likely a losing strategy to try to pair it to something as simple as enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

A few hours later, Trump seemed to quietly drop the immigration reform and gave a full-throated condemnation of “white nationalism” as well as racism and bigotry. According to the AP:

“President Donald Trump on Monday condemned weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio as barbaric crimes ‘against all humanity’ and called for bipartisan cooperation to respond to an epidemic of gun violence. He blamed mental illness and video games but made no mention of more limits on sales of firearms.

Trump said he wanted legislation providing ‘strong background checks’ for gun users, though he has reneged on previous promises after mass attacks. He offered few details.

“We vow to act with urgent resolve,” Trump said, speaking from the White House about shootings that left 31 dead as the count rose on Monday. His scripted remarks came after two days of muted response to the shootings and included a solitary denunciation of white supremacy, which he has been reluctant to criticize.

In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,’ Trump said, adding that he had directed the FBI to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism. ‘These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America,’ he said.”

Besides background checks, the president proposed that the Justice Department and social media companies partner to locate signs of violent extremism online. One common factor that many have found for mass shooters is that they seem to find validation on social media platforms, one reason why law enforcement has been able to discover the motivations of mass murderers after the fact. The idea is to locate potential shooters before they open up on a crowd of people and stop them.

The president has proposed to institute nationwide “red flag laws,” which Florida has already passed in the wake of the Parkland school massacre. The idea is that if family members or the police deem that a person is a potential danger to himself or others, they can petition a court to remove his or her second amendment rights and confiscate his or her firearms.

As Townhall noted, unless such legislation is carefully crafted, it could be a reason for the abuse of a person’s constitutional rights. The process has to be subject to judicial review, with the person whose firearms have been taken given every opportunity to regain possession of them. Even so, such a law might not pass Supreme Court muster.

Trump also called for measures to attack the glorification of violence, especially in video games as well on TV and at the movies. Trump also suggested that those judged at risk for creating a mass murder might be subjection to involuntary confinement and those who do commit such an atrocity should be subject to an automatic death penalty. Even so, Hot Air noted that these measures have a lot of practical and constitutional hurdles to surmount before becoming reality.

Overall, the president is being given good marks for his condemnation of extremism, contrasting with the hoary image of Trump as a racist who is egging mass shooters on. He also sounds more reasonable than those on the left who suggest that total gun confiscation, as happened in Australia, is the answer.

Comments (37)

  1. President Trump is doing a great job, as usual. Many thanks, and much appreciation to him.

  2. I thought TRUMP would know by now GUN CONTROL is NOT the solution but if he is becoming a LEFTIST he will not get my VOTE in 2020.

  3. Australia’s law demeans the law abiding men and women in their country as lawless criminals. We should not follow that avenue. We have a right to bear arms per our second amendment. The president idea to scope out the internet to discover people who may use guns to challenge the society to agree with them is good. I also think that the congress who is on summer break should get their tales back to the congress and make laws to address this and other laws that they have not addressed in a timely fashion. The congress has skated around their duty for long enough as an inept group. They only look at devisive measures to get our President out of office but do nothing for their american constituency that they owe their service to. I can’t wait to vote these ingrates out of office as soon as possible. The American people deserve better than what our congress has done for the past two years. American people need to stand up and use the written word to protest their incompotence in volume right now! No matter whether you are democrat or republican in this country we are all AMERICANS. We need to look out for the needs of our citizens only at this time because the needs are great ! So many are living in dire situations just as Baltimore and Chicago have proven. This is what matters so let clean up our country and put up the wall on the southern border so we can have money to take care of our own people properly now.

  4. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO KILL, HE/SHE WILL KILL GUN LAWS ARE NOT GOING TO STOP A MURDERER. IT’S THE SAME WAY AS A CAR THIEF IF HE WANTS THAT CAR BAD ENOUGH YOU CAN PUT IN ALL THE ALARMS YOU WANT BUT HE WILL GET THAT CAR. ALL THIS BULLSHIT, MAINLY COMING FROM DEMORAT/SOCIALIST/ COMMIE COCKROACHES FOR MORE LAWS FOR GUN CONTROL IS NOTHING BUT MORE BULLSHIT AND A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING. THE PROBLEM IS NOT AN EASY FIX. ESPECIALLY WE HAVE THESE COCKROACHES THAT WANT ALL KINDS OF GUN CONTROL BUT OPEN BORDERS. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO THINK OF NEXT. THESE ARE THE REAL HATE MONGERS NOT PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE MURDERING PROBLEM IS REAL AND IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX. IT’S LIKE YOU NEED TO SEE AND READ SOMEONE’S MIND. THE RED FLAG LAW AND LIMITING THIS HEPA MIGHT HELP A LOT AND THAT WILL NEED SOME WORK ALSO. THIS IS NO EASY TASK NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.

  5. Thank you, President Trump for your sympathy and heartfelt messages to these tragic & unnecessary killings. Your concern & coming up with swift options towards combating these atrocities demonstrates your strengths in LEADERSHIP & LOVE TOWARDS THE AMERICAN CITIZENS!! *******AND THATS WHY THE AMERICAN VOTERS CHOSE YOU AS THEIR PRESIDENT!!!! AND IN 2020 WE WILL, ONCE AGAIN VOTE FOR YOU!!!!****
    NOTE: IT IS A PITY THAT THE DEMOCRATS, LEFTISTS, SOCIALISTS & LIBERALS CAN’T THINK OR LEAD WITH THEIR BRAIN; BUT INSTEAD ACT OUT AND ARE CONTROLLED BY THEIR ALL-CONSUMING HATRED, RACISM, AND HATRED FOR AMERICA!! THEY ARE USELESS AND A GROWING CANCER THAT NEEDS TO BE HELD “LEGALLY ACCOUNTABLE,” FOR THEIR TREASONOUS ACTIONS!!!!

  6. President Trump hit “the Nail on the Head’. =

  7. Were there fewer crimes when we had capital punishment? I believe that is true. If a person commits murder and they are found guilty their lives are forfeit. If people realized their life is over if they take the life of another person I truly think the crime rate would fall.

  8. President Trump, please do not give in to the socialists. Gun rights are my right as well as America’s right. Thank you, CW 3 Dennis M. Duke. Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom veteran

  9. The “Red Flag” gun laws, which I oppose, need to be CAREFULLY crafted so as not to be used (and abused ESPECIALLY by gun grabbers) to take away an individual’s right AS PER the 2nd Amendment. This is a VERY slippery slope that the Left Wing Gun Grabbers would LOVE to abuse. The 2nd Amendment ‘s clause ” . . . This will not be abridged” MUST BE PROTECTED. The Conservative’s rights will SURELY be abused AND Trampled on by the Left and leave these individual’s right to self protection null and void . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  10. ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬!

  11. If the Democratic Party gets on board and listens to president Trump and his plans for a better and safer America everything will be resolved in short order. President Trump loves this country and he will always do the right thing for the people of America. The real trouble is the fact that the Democratic Party of today, is not the Democratic Party of HST or JFK. The Democratic Party of today has evolved into the Democratic Communist Party and they will lie, say and do anything they can to obstruct president Trump and his Administration in any way they can. The people of America have to remember this, ” A vote for a Democrat is a vote for Communism.” Just listen to the Democratic Communists that are running for President, listen to their sick diatribe on how they are going to change America. It’s just as simple as that. Sincerely, Martin Korab

  12. The most dangerous shooter is this unduly elected president,; just check how Russia help get him elected. He continues to shoot his mouth with bullets of hatred and he is killing America.

  13. These things will continue to happen as long as there is a Democratic with leaders like they have now. Trump has to drain the swamp,
    Stock up on your Ammo.

  14. I see the Red Flag Laws as the anti gun people getting their “foot further in the door” and a step leading to total gun confiscation. The Red Flag theory looks good on paper, but it deprives Americans of their Constuitional Rights. Seizure of property and convicted with out due process is an affront to all Americans. Seizure of property and being stigmatized on one persons say so goes against everything that Americans fought and died for.
    If a person is deemed to be a threat to society, not by one person, but by their demonstrated actions. By all means, take measures to insure the safety of the people. Information to justify that action must be presented to the person who is the one being investigated in order to assure that Justice is done in an unbiased manner, before their property is taken from them.

  15. this country has to condemn all hate group white, black, brown . yellow or any other minorities. Clean up the street gangs and anyone caught with a illegal gun 5 years ,using one in a crime 15 with no early out. I can say I never disliked anyone because of skin color I have always judge them by their actions towards me MY neighbor has people of a racials background and they know my door is always open to them. The thing I don’t understand with all the assholes in DC think they can collect all the guns? The only people who would have guns are the bad people. Or maybe get the background checkers at the FBI to do a better job

  16. Once again let me reiterate we have a people problem not a gun problem. Guns DO NOT kill people do. More laws is not the answer even though I have no idea what is I just know disarming everyone is not the answer. Chicago is excellent example strictest gun laws in the country most shootings so lets try something else more sensible. Lets try working on the people side of it.

  17. The less we support Israel there will be…
    It shows our enemies that we are weak leading to more “Terrorists Attacks” against us.
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  18. I BELIEVE IF THEY REALLY TRY TO TAKE OUR GUNS THERE WILL BE A WAR LIKE WE NONE HAVE EVER SEEN. IS THIS WHAT SOME OF YOU WANT. IF SO YOU ARE A BUNCH OF CRAZY FOOLS.

  19. Keep up the great work President Trump! The best President ever! Not to mention the first lady she’s the best too! Now that America is great again, let’s keep it that way! Trump 2020!

  20. Keep up the great work President Trump! The best President ever! Not to mention the first lady she’s the best too! Now that America is great again, let’s keep it that way! Trump 2020!!

  21. DEMOS. SO STUPID OR THEY THANK WE ARE… THEY GET OUR GUNS, ONLY THE CRIMINALS WILL HAVE GUNS.

  22. A swift exacusion for these crimes would be a deturant for future acts. Hanging, firing squad for the public to watch would work far more than you could imagine. But electric chair, or lethal injection isn’t as dramatic but the death penalty must take place ASAP.

  23. I didn’t write this, but…it is interesting.

    72 killed resisting gun confiscation by National Guard in Boston!

    April 20, 1775

    Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

    Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

    Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

    One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

    Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

    During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

    Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

    Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

    And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.

    On July 4th, 1776 these same extremists signed the Declaration of Independence, pledging to each other and their countrymen their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Many of them lost everything, including their families and their lives over the course of the next few years.

    Lest we forget…

  24. These mental morons are proposing to violate and ignore the U.S. Constitution and
    the 2nd Amendment to try and steal our weapons we used for Self Defense, Hunting
    and Sport. To do such an act would require them to use the U.S. Military against
    our own citizens in conjunction with the various police agencies around our Nation.
    Such action would result in numerous deaths to both the Military Personnel and
    to Our police officers. This is a blatant attempt to overthrow our Government
    and establish a Dictatorship over the Free People of our Nation who have fought
    and died to preserve these very rights and freedoms the scum of the Socialist
    Dim-O-Rat party have in mind for us. The want to return to Slavery and destroy
    our Nation.

  25. When will these idiots learn that criminals do not care what the laws are? New legislation only contributes to law abiding citizens losing the right to protect themselves and their families. Take away the guns and security that the democrats in government have and see how they like it.

  26. TRUTH BE TOLD!! NO ONE IS INCHARGE!! PLOSI CAN’T HANDLE THE JOB, AND AOC … ALL SHE DOES, WITH HER SEWER CRAP, FOUR HORSEWOMEN, CALL THE SQUAD, IS INTIGATE HORRIBLE TERRORIST ATTACKS LIKE EL PASO, AND OHIO IN OUR COUNTRY!!
    Really want to know the TRUTH!! PAY ATTENTION …. The FACT IS, EL PASO HAS BEEN A SAFE CITY, FOR YEARS, WITH ONLY MINOR PROBLEMS OR NO PROBLEMS.
    Every Democrat keeps on blaming ALL and EVERYTHING, on Our President, the Media, the Democrats, the Liberals, ALL Democrats WANNA BE’S (President), which is ALL sewer crap, lies, and fake information. Granted, maybe our president has stated some things, which have been out of the ordinary, but have been FACTS, in my book. Example, ” telling the democrat Squad, that if they did not like our country to go back to where they came from “. Nothing RACIST ABOUT THAT!! But the Democrats playing the RACE Card, made it to be of race, and color. Reason being … and FACTS, in Our Country, such is, even in the 21st century a sensitive issue, and CONGRESS DEMOCRATS, are using such as A RACE CARD. FACT!! The REAL FACT IS … ALL of THE ABOVE, are all thinking of their own selves, NOT COUNTRY OR PEOPLE. They are ALL thinking INSIDE OF THEIR LITTLE HATE BOX, without thinking OUT SIDE OF THAT BOX. Because of THE HATE, they have for Our President, because of losing the 2016 election, their Power Over Our Country and People, losing control of The Black Vote, The Hispanic vote, the Asian vote as this people got educated and got WISE … to the Democrats slavery tactics, keeping them poor with FOOD STAMPS, and GOVERNMENT WELFARE. SHOW ME, how many people have advanced, improved themselves, and made a better future or improved themselves on such. FACT.. NONE!!
    FOOD STAMPS and WELFARE HAVE NO FUTURE, NO ROAD or WAY TO EXCAPE POVERTY!!
    Jobs and Work, AND ONE BEING A PROUD PERSON BECAUSE OF THAT JOB AND WORK, is the ONLY ANSWER OUT OF POVERTY. Which is something the Democrats want to take away, OUR JOBS, OUR WORK, to make the country depend on, GOVERNMENT HAND OUTS!!
    THINKING OUT SIDE OF THE DEMOCRATS SEWER CRAP HATE BOX. THIS INCIDENT WAS CREATED BY THE DEMOCRATS, THEIR ADMINISTRATION’S FOUR HORSEWOMEN, THE SQUAD. THEY ARE THE INSTIGATORS, THEY ARE THE CAUSE, OF THIS HATE CRIME COMING TO EL PASO, THEY ARE THE HITLER’S YOUTH. THEY TOO … ARE OUTSIDERS!!
    HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THEM, THEIR SEWER CRAP LIES, FALSE AND FAKE INFORMATION THEY PUT OUT THAT ALL WE HAD AT THE BORDER WAS HITLER’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS. THIS HATE CRIME INCIDENT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
    They can point fingers, blame this and that …. THESE DEMOCRATS SHOULD CLEAN THEIR OWN HOUSE, AND BACKYARD, TRASH AND RAT INFESTATIONS, BEFORE THEY TRY TO CLEAN SOME ONE ELSES. This are the things they should be worried about, in THEIR OWN CITIES, TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE, AND AREAS, NOT OUR BORDER. IF THEY CARE ABOUT CHILDREN, WHICH THEY DON’T!! They would TAKE CARE OF THIS RAT INFESTED AREAS AND THESE CHILDREN, but have they done anything about that????!!! HELL NO!!

  27. that will never happen!!!

  28. Like robots these empty bags have nothing else to offer! It’s the Left MANTRA! The reason for killings is the sick society the Dems have been promoting for the last 20 yeas! Hate, fake accusations, fake conspiracies that they create! Expose the Dems for spreading their hate, propaganda and lies and there won’t be a need for guns! Change the “Safe Place” need in schools and promote discussion!

  29. Democrats eat shit.

  30. Grabbing guns is another power control on the part of the democrats! Does it sound familiar? First the guns, keep everyone drugged up and dependent, then comes food shortage, and Gotcha! Complete control!

  31. The democratic caucus is going against the 2nd amendment to the constitution and if they do they are not worthy of being president of the US. The only way to stop shootings is vet the crazy people in this country and get them mental health. People always want to treat the symptoms and not the real problem. We have a vast amount of people with extreme mental health issues but we won’t give them care because of insurance or we have very few mental health facilities available to treat them because it is so costly. I know all the facilities in Dayton , Ohio have been closed except for two outside of a hospital which will only keep a patient for three days. We need to look at why the shooting in Dayton happened. The young man had a back ground of mental illness and never should have been sold a gun in the first place. Its should have been posted on his drivers license that he had mental illness and their fore not eligible to get a gun in the first place especially a high powered riffle. Make laws that make sense where mental health is concerned.

  32. President Trump, you will lose votes if you support gun control and vote against the 2nd ammendment.

  33. Armed fireman proved the solution to this problem! This gun grab is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and CONGRESSIONAL TREASON, VIOLATION OF OATH, VIOLATION OF PUBLIC TRUST!
    This is WHY our founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment.
    Oil ’em up boys. Hit the range and true your glass while you still can. The alarm is sounded!
    Its comming.

  34. Last century, 250 million people were killed by their own government, the leftists are promoting violence against conservatives and Christians

  35. If these commie democrats & RINOs want peoples guns then let them pay for the thievery of peoples guns at the price they paid for them at the retail plus tax, not from the peoples taxes but from their own salary at say $ 5000 to 10,000 yearly & a year in prison without pay if they refuse to pay for them from the ones who vote for the confiscation of stealing them from people who bought them legally.

  36. Gun confiscation from law abiding citizens is not the answer.
    1. It’s our Constitutional right drawn up to defend people against the government itself when it goes array along with self defense when necessary. We never should chose to harm someone else and those who do must be brought to justice under our law.
    2. Neither is putting all our trust in psychiatrists/psychologists who like judges can be bribed and persuaded to rule on their own errant belief systems and not the Constitution and laws of our land.

    The problem is people who strive to stir up strife on a grand scale to achieve an agenda which is neither good or God fearing and is self serving. The evil is in the hearts of man!

  37. TRUMP TRULY CARES ABOUT OUR GOD GIVEN COUNTRY THE DEMOCRAPS SOLE PURPOSE IS TO TURN US INTO SOCALISM AND HAVE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES . PER HILLERY GET GOD OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND GET RID OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT. AND THEY WILL HAVE HAVE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES EVIL IS HAVING A FIELD DAY EVIL WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO GET GUNS AND DRUGS AND ANYTHING WE WON/T BE ABLE TO DEFEND OUR FAMILY OR OURSELVES.. OR FRIENDS

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