Trump Denounces White Supremacy And Calls For Gun Reform 🔫

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The gun control debate takes center stage once again 

Over the weekend, the US saw mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. As a result, the media and politicians are reaffirming their stances on the gun control debate. Multiple Democrats, including presidential candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), are calling for the Senate to return from their August-September recess in order to work toward gun control now.  

What did Trump say?

Early on Monday, Trump tweeted that, “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform.” On Sunday, Trump referred to the shooters as “really very seriously mentally ill,” sparking rebuttals from the left concerning how much correlation there is between mental illness and mass shooters. 


Fox News: Trump condemns ‘white supremacy,’ calls for mental health and gun reforms after double mass shootings

The Daily Caller: WSJ: Government can’t help ‘disturbed young men’ behind mass shootings

The right praises Trump’s comments regarding background checks. Articles suggest that the decline of social institutions such as clubs and churches could be the reason for the “lone wolf” shooter archetype and call for decreased violence in media. Several outlets point out that mental illness may be a warning sign among potential shooters, and that therefore, limiting gun accessibility for those people specifically may decrease shootings.  


CBS News: Fact check: Are violent video games connected to mass shootings?

SF Gate: Are video games or mental illness causing America's mass shootings? No, research shows.

The left cites studies and research showing that video games and mentally illness don’t account for the majority of mass shootings. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) represented the thoughts of many on the left when he tweeted in response to Trump’s statement that the “President is weak. And wrong,” claiming that “white supremacy is not a mental illness.” 

Where's the common ground?

Any common ground in the gun control debate is hard to come by, but in this case, there is a little more than usual. Both sides call for an end to the hatred causing mass shootings in the first place, and the right seems willing to consider more rigorous background checks—less gun control than the left advocates for, but more than what the US currently has. 

That's one way to look at it



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