In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, calls are once again intensifying for Congress to pass gun control legislation, with many pointing to the political influence of the National Rifle Association as a main cause of inaction to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. 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.
"Mental health and hate pull the trigger, not the gun", Mr Trump said, speaking at the White House on Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Barack Obama said Monday, in his first public statement since a pair of mass shootings in Texas and OH, that Americans must "soundly reject language" from any leader who "feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments".
On Saturday, several Mexican citizens were among the 21 people killed at a Walmart by a man who drove from his home in Allen, Texas, 660 miles (1,062 km) away, to El Paso, authorities said. The suspect in the El Paso massacre posted a racist, anti-immigrant screed shortly before the attack, investigators say. Trump did not repeat calls he tweeted earlier in the day to strengthen background checks for guns.
He also said he had directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism.
"There's mental illness & hate throughout world, but USA stands alone w/high rate of gun violence", she said on Twitter.
"The perils of the internet and social media can not be ignored and they will not be ignored", Trump said. "Gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace and it's too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence". He also said that pre-identifying and apprehending potential mass shooters will be possible through a law enforcement tool he's proposing called "extreme risk protection orders". "We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately".
From the time he announced his candidacy in June 2015, Trump has been accused of making racist and anti-immigrant remarks.
Monday's blunder is far from Trump's first misstatement.