Dems back gun limits after El Paso mass shooting

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a public employees union candidate forum Saturday Aug. 3 2019 in Las Vegas

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a public employees union candidate forum Saturday Aug. 3 2019 in Las Vegas

"Anyone who describes those who do not match the majority of this country as somehow inherently risky or defective sows the kind of fear, the kind of reaction that we saw in El Paso", he said.

Sanders blasted Republican Senate leadership for being "more concerned about pleasing the NRA than listening to the vast majority of the American people" and said that President Donald Trump has a responsibility to support commonsense gun safety legislation. Asked on CNN if he believed Trump was a white nationalist, he responded, "Yes, I do". Authorities are investigating whether an anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online before the shooting was written by the shooter.

Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke is from El Paso and returned to his hometown Saturday evening.

Buttigieg suggested that white nationalists "feel validated from all the way at the top", and that white nationalism is "condoned at the highest level of our government". "What I said was those who believe Palestinian leaders bear responsibility for the incitement of terrorism can not then let U.S. leaders off the hook and act as if words don't matter". Cory Booker slammed Trump's rhetoric regarding immigration and attitudes towards immigrants. Police cited a manifesto they attributed to the suspect, Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white man, as evidence the bloodshed was racially motivated.

Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, also in Las Vegas, appeared to agree with O'Rourke about Trump's partial culpability.

"He's given license for this toxic brew of white supremacy to fester more and more in this country, and we're seeing the results of that", Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, said on ABC.

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Armed with assault rifles and clad in combat gear, two white men methodically gunned down almost 30 people over the weekend, underscoring fears that "white terrorism" is now the main threat in the United States. We must act now to end our country's gun violence epidemic.

More than 80 percent of El Paso's population is Hispanic, according to USA census figures.

"This is a sickness", former Vice President Joe Biden said.

The carnage ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, after a 1984 shooting in San Ysidro, California, in which 21 people died.

Nonetheless, Democrats responded to the pair of shootings this weekend with renewed calls for Washington to take action.

For years, some analysts have warned that the huge shifting of intelligence and security assets toward fending off foreign threats after the 9/11 attacks had come at the expense of needed attention to domestic dangers.

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