President Donald Trump on Monday called for urgent action to prevent gun violence and said all Americans must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after mass shootings in Texas and OH killed 29 people and wounded dozens.
Facing a blizzard of accusations that his own anti-immigrant rhetoric has fueled radicals across the country, Trump used his live address from the White House to issue an unusually direct condemnation of racists. "Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul". He also said he had directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine steps to identify and address domestic terrorism. Trump, however, expressed his condolences to Toledo, Ohio, a city 150 miles away from Sunday's shooting in Dayton, which claimed the lives of at least 9 people.
The suspect, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was shot dead by police.
Trump proposed nearly nothing in respect to tightening access in the United States to the kind of powerful weapons routinely used in the ever more frequent mass shootings. "We will not participate in the politicizing of these tragedies but, as always, we will work in good faith to pursue real solutions that protect us all from people who commit these horrific acts".
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican and Trump ally, said he has spoken with Trump about legislation he plans to introduce in September with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.
He then said that "mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun".
That comment drew immediate criticism.
"We are not helpless here", Obama said in a statement posted on Twitter. The ban went into effect in March.
A woman sits next to a sign with a message that reads: 'No More Guns!
It was not clear what action Trump wants to take with Congress on summer recess and lawmakers not scheduled to return to Washington until September.
In February, the House passed a sweeping gun control bill with bipartisan support that required universal background checks, but the Republican-controlled Senate has yet to consider it.