Trump: "Mental Illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun"
(NBC News) President Trump condemned hate and bigotry Monday in the wake of deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
"In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America," Mr. Trump said.
The president also pledged to take steps to prevent future shootings by reforming mental health laws and giving law enforcement additional tools and resources.
Still, he defended guns.
Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun, he said.
The president says he's ordering the Department of Justice to pour more resources into detecting potential shooters before the act.
He also called for ending glorification of violence, including in video games, and supports using the death penalty for those who commit federal hate crimes and mass murder.
Mr. Trump concluded his statement saying in part "May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo," citing the wrong city in Ohio.
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