Following the two mass shootings that took place over the weekend, President Trump spoke to the media Monday in a prepared speech where he disavowed the shooters and their agendas by stating, “Hate has no place in America.” The president has called on a bipartisan response to the shootings that left a combined 29 dead.
President Trump began his speech by condemning white supremacy. “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” he said.
When speaking on the matter of Congress, Trump called for them to pass “red flag laws,” which would help to identity and confiscate the weapons of those deemed a public risk sooner, Fox News reported.
“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said when speaking on the red flag laws.
Trump also spoke on how he plans to combat these ever-growing number of shootings, specifically the ones that took place within a 24 hour period this weekend, which he referred to as “domestic terrorism.” He also said he plans to divert additional FBI resources to the matter, the New York Post reported.
“We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism,” he said. The president then set his sights on the internet, which has been a safe-haven for those shooters who have published manifestos.
“We must shine a light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murderers before they start,” Trump said, before adding the internet is a “dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.”
As a possible deterrent, Trump also demanded any mass shooters receive the death penalty. “We cannot allow ourselves to feel powerless. We can and will stop this evil contagion,” he said. “Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided.”
Beyond the red flag initiative, President Trump did not speak on the possibility of changing existing gun laws. But he explained how he is open to ideas “that will actually work.”