Obama calls for gun control: 'We are not helpless' to stop attacks

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Obama calls for gun control: 'We are not helpless' to stop attacks

Obama said that the same type of language has been the root of most human tragedy, including slavery and Jim Crow, the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

Former President Barack Obama; a vigil in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday after the mass shooting there.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Barack Obama said Monday, in his first public statement since a pair of mass shootings in Texas and OH, that Americans must "soundly reject language" from any leader who "feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments".

Earlier today, President Donald Trump denounced white supremacy in a statement on the weekend massacres.

Trump did not address accusations that his own anti-immigrant and racially charged comments have contributed to a rise in race tensions, nor did he call for broad gun control measures.

"May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, may god protect them", President Trump said.

"We must stop the glorification of violence in our society", Trump said. Alongside this, he encouraged all Americans to make their voices heard at the ballot box and beyond, to foster accountability from elected officials and the changes required to strengthen gun control laws.

Candles burn as part of a memorial at the scene of Sunday morning's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. August 5, 2019.

"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's Monday morning speech from the White House responded to the pair of mass shootings within 24 hours of each other in Texas and OH over the weekend.

The measure was voted on in the Senate six years ago during a failed attempt to toughen USA gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, that took the lives of 20 children and seven adults. The NRA, however, is in disarray, with allegations of corruption and a power struggle at the top of the organization rocking the gun lobbying group over the past year.

He also said the country needs to reform mental health laws to identify disturbed people as well as work with social media companies to detect possible mass shooters.

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