Since the beginning of the year, more than 250 “mass” shootings have taken place in the United States. According to a count of the Gun Violence Archive organization, they killed 271 people and injured 1,036 people.
“There is no room for hatred in our country.” Donald Trump reacted on Sunday, August 4, after the two deadly shootings that killed 29 people in the United States. “It has to stop, it has been going on for years,” continued the US president in his first televised appearance.
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
“Perhaps we can do more” to fight this epidemic, acknowledged the president, adding that the two dramas were “a problem of mental illness.” This argument is regularly used by gun advocates to counter the demands of those who would like to further regulate the market.
- Two shootings in less than 24 hours
A 21-year-old white man opened fire Saturday morning in the largely Hispanic city of El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people, including six Mexicans, in a crowded mall. Placed in custody, he was indicted on Sunday and faces the death penalty, local police said. Federal Justice announced that the case is treated as a case of “domestic terrorism”.
On the night of Saturday to Sunday, another young white man, aged 24, shot dead nine people, including his own sister, in a bustling area of Dayton, Ohio. Police patrolling the neighborhood shot the gunman thirty seconds after his first shots. Local police chief Richard Biehl refused to speculate on the young man’s motives. “We do not have enough information at this point to answer the question everyone is asking: why?”
Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 250 shootings in the United States that have killed at least four people. According to a count of the organization Gun Violence Archive, this type of shootings left 271 dead and 1,036 injured.