Former President Barack Obama said Monday that "racist sentiments" coming from some US leaders have fueled the climate that led to this weekend's shooting rampages, and said the country must take steps to rein in "white nationalist websites that proliferate on the internet".
A 21-year-old white supremacist is in custody in the Texas domestic terrorism case. "The perils of the internet and social media can not be ignored and they will not be ignored".
In his statement - one of only a couple of public proclamations he's made since leaving office in early 2017 - the former two-term Democratic president said he and former first lady Michelle Obama are grieving with all the families affected by the massacre in El Paso and another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio that killed nine people.
The Justice Department is "seriously considering" bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty, U.S. lawyer John Bash said Sunday in a news conference.
In his remarks, Trump urged Americans to denounce bigotry and white supremacy and emphasized combating mental illness over taking new gun-control measures.
Following the shooting in OH on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to Twitter to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call the Senate back from summer recess for an emergency session to "put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately". The shooter in OH was killed by police and a motive is not yet known in that case.
Obama's Monday statement comes after a shooter opened fire Saturday at an El Paso, Texas, shopping center, killing at least 22 people.
"I've asked the FBI to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism".
So is mental illness to blame for America's mass shooting problem?
"We must recognise that the internet has provided a risky Ave to radicalised disturbed minds and perform demented acts".
He urges Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship and find solutions to violence.
"We must shine a light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murderers before they start", he continued.
As President, Obama took executive actions on gun control, including an expansion of background checks. In early 2018, he proposed increasing the minimum age required to buy assault weapons in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, but backflipped after meeting with National Rifle Association leaders. The motive of the Dayton shooter, who died in the attack, isn't yet clear.
Mr Trump today called for a reduction in the "glorification" of violence in American culture, laws to make it easier to commit those with mental illness and "red flag laws" to separate such individuals from firearms.