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Trump addresses the nation on mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, announces steps to combat violence; chief White House correspondent John Roberts.

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich said the federal government should consider instituting a "red flag law," which allow authorities to seize a person's firearms if they have social media posts indicating they are unstable, and the Rupert Murdoch owned New York Post, a conservative tabloid, urged President Trump to embrace an assault weapon ban.

President Trump's own Federal Bureau of Investigation director has indicated that white supremacy-related domestic terrorism is on the rise. He was captured alive, and the shooting is being probed as an act of domestic terrorism.

Pope Francis condemned the spate of attacks on "defenseless people" in the United States, including a rampage last Sunday in which a gunman killed three people and wounded about a dozen at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California. The 43-year-old Congresswoman's comment were made during a reply to the 37-year-old business woman and Trump surrogate's tweet expressing her condolences for the mass shooting victims and their families.

Video-game stocks were also broadly lower after Trump cited them as a cause of violence.

The President also suggested tying immigration legislation to strengthening background checks on gun owners following a weekend in which the alleged shooter in El Paso, Texas, is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics.

Many people took exception to Trump's mention of "many sides" after a protester ran down a group of counter-protesters with a vehicle, killing one. Trump called the shootings "evil" and said "God bless" the people of El Paso and Dayton. Instead, he backed more modest measures following a private meeting with the National Rifle Association, the gun rights group that is influential in Congress. The rule would have used Social Security records to add about 75,000 names to the database used in background checks of gun buyers (from licensed firearms dealers).

"The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate", Trump said in remarks from the White House. Those words directly echoed Trump's continued warnings of "an invasion" at the southern border ahead of the 2018 midterms.

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"We must stop the glorification of violence in our society".

"The Trump White House is so incompetent and insensitive that they couldn't even get the name of the city right,"tweeted CNN commentator Keith Boykin".

Trump has denied responsibility for inciting violence in the past. The border city is home to 680,000 people, many of them Latino.

Trump did not directly address accusations that his anti-immigrant and racially charged comments have contributed to a rise in hate crimes.

"I am, because he does", O'Rourke said.

"Today, I'm also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation to ensure that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly and decisively without years of needless delay", the president said.

"Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun", the president said. "Together, we lock arms to shoulder the grief".