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Trump Visits El Paso and Dayton, Shares the Need for Better Gun Control

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • 2019 Aug 08

President Donald Trump made trips to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas this week to talk with the victims of the recent shootings.

According to CBN News, Trump and the first lady visited a hospital in Dayton where victims of Sunday’s shooting were taken after the attack. He also thanked first responders and the hospital staff for their work following the shooting.

He also said better background checks are needed for people wanting to buy guns.

"I think background checks are important,” he said. “I don't want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people, or people with rage or hate. Sick people."

As Christian Headlines previously reported, the shooter in Dayton, Connor Betts, killed nine people after he opened fire at a nightlife district in Dayton. He allegedly had a long history of mental illness. Police do not have a motive yet for his attack.

"He was interested in what makes terrible people do terrible things," Adelia Johnson, a woman who once reportedly dated Betts said. She added that he was "fascinated" with mass shootings and "he wanted to know what led a person to do those things.”

Trump also visited El Paso where he was met with protestors gathered to rally against Trump’s visit.

Director of Border Network of Human Rights, Fernando Garcia, said, "It is the narrative that is coming from the presidency of the United States, from Trump himself, that has created this tragedy. He is responsible and his hands are tainted with blood."

The shooter in El Paso, Patrick Crusius, allegedly targeted Latinos in his attack, CNN reports. He killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen people when he started shooting at a Walmart in El Paso.

Police say he had a “stone-cold look” and has not shown remorse for the attack.

Trump, meanwhile, says he condemns “racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”

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