President Trump fails to call for additional gun control measures in the wake of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio

EL PASO — It feels like the whole country is mourning, as death tolls from two mass shootings over the weekend continue to rise with dozens more in hospitals in Ohio and Texas fighting for their lives.

But with their deep sorrow, slowly also comes growing anger and frustration.

Amid the clamor for change – President Donald Trump at the White House called for national unity in response to the attacks that left at least 51 people dead. This happened despite Democrats accusing him of fueling racism.

“In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”

In El Paso on Saturday, a 21-year-old white man entered a Walmart, killing at least 22 before surrendering – an attack that may have been fueled by anger over illegal immigration.

In Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning, a gunman killed nine people before he was killed by police.

“I am directing the department of justice to work in partnership with local state and federal agencies as well as social media companies to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.”

Part of the president’s call for urgent action to prevent gun violence is to focus on mental health reform.

“And…. [to] make sure those people not only get treatment but also involuntary confinement. Mental health pulls trigger, not guns.”

According to Asian and Pacific Islander American vote 2018 survey, Asian Americans favor stricter gun laws in the U.S. with 7 to 1 ratio.

But Fil-Am Debbie Alarilla who has lived in El Paso for over 50 years, is among those who believe that if there was someone at the mall in El Paso who had a gun, they could have stopped the attacker sooner.

“I’m a firm believer in gun rights and as long as you train properly and you know what you are doing this person would have the weapons anyway and for me not to be able to defend my family it’s not right. It’s not gonna happen.”

Both Texas and Ohio have some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country.

Both states allow all qualified applicants to carry a concealed firearm with a permit.

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  • Tiago Del Mundo
    7 August 2019 at 2:10 am - Reply

    While we all live here in America, why can we just call ourselves Americans..? Why can’t we just do that? So we call ourselves Americans and when we “fart”, it still smells like Asian Pacific Islander, no matter what we do, says Aurelio Amilao (San Diego Traveler Club). Calling ourselves Asian Pacific Islander American is divisive, I thought we are equal, Amilao argued!

    Amilao further argued that the writer of this article is somewhat amateur because it is common knowledge that every state has their own gun control laws, we could at least respect that. President Trump of all people in the above article is indeed in the right mind to say we have to do something about mental health, no one should be owning a gun if you have mental issues. Some people act like they know everything, like they’re from a pompous Ivy League know it all club, and they are always barking about stricter gun control? These days it is really hard to buy a gun…uuh

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