President Donald Trump called for a crackdown on violent video games and reforms to mental health laws, arguing that "mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun", in a speech from the White House after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Dozens also were wounded in the attacks.
Trump said he was directing the Department of Justice to investigate domestic terrorism, and propose legislation to ensure that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty.
CCTV captures the moment Patrick Crusius enters the Walmart with an assault rifle.
Trump's solemn tone speaking beneath a portrait of George Washington in the White House contrasted with a tweet he had sent just hours earlier, blaming the media for "anger and rage" in the country. "We have done, actually, a lot, but more has to be done", Trump stated.
"Republicans and Democrats have proven that we can join together in a bipartisan fashion to address this plague", President Trump said, calling on lawmakers to work together toward a solution.
Congress, however, is adjourned on summer recess with United States lawmakers not scheduled to return to Washington until September.
He also stated that he would make a statement regarding both incidents on Monday.
Critics have branded Trump's remarks on immigration as racist since the president launched his 2016 campaign.
On Monday morning, the president suggested that tougher gun control laws such as more extensive background checks could be combined with "desperately needed immigration reform".
"We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"
"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy", the president spoke in the aftermath of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that claimed 29 lives.
Even though Congress is on summer recess at the moment, Trump could invoke his power under the Constitution to call back Congress.
Representatives for McConnell, who broke his shoulder in a fall over the weekend, did not immediately respond for a request for comment.
Trump has also been slammed by progressives for failing to speak out enough against white supremacists, despite insisting he is 'the least racist person there is anywhere in the world'.