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President Trump Suggest Gun Background Checks Be Paired with Immigration Reform

President Trump Suggest Gun Background Checks Be Paired with Immigration Reform Photo: White House

Updated: August 05, 2019 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is calling the recent mass shootings "evil attacks" that are crimes "against all humanity" and says unity must replace hatred in society.

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Trump gave a speech from the White House on Monday following weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 30 people dead and dozens wounded. He called the shootings "barbaric slaughters."

Trump says "in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy."

He urged Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship and find solutions to violence.

Gun background checks

Earlier, on Twitter, Trump said Washington "must come together" to "get strong background checks" for gun users. But he provided no details on what sort of legislation he would support.

The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation's firearm background check system, but it has languished in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Trump suggested Monday that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system. But he didn't say how.

Death penalty

Trump also is asking the Justice Department to propose legislation so that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty.

The Republican president says he wants capital punishment to be imposed swiftly against those who carry out hate crimes and mass shootings.

Trump says America must stop the glorification of violence in society. He says it's too easy for troubled youths to surround themselves with a culture of violence.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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