President Trump Blames Shootings On 'Mental Illness'

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Do video games mental illness drive US massacres

"The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate", the president continued.

Trump initially seemed to stray, if vaguely, from the stubborn do-nothing orthodoxy of his adopted party regarding gun violence, telling reporters, "We're going to take care of it".

The document also outlined the suspect's political and economic "justifications" for mass murder. Both recent shooters are apparently native-born, and the El Paso shooter may have been motivated by the very kind of anti-immigrant bigotry that Trump himself personally expresses at every opportunity.

Mr Trump today described the "evil attacks" as "domestic terrorism" and "crimes against humanity".

And when it comes specifically to mass shooting events, Dr. James Knoll and Dr. George D. Annas wrote in a chapter of the 2016 book "Gun Violence and Mental Illness" that "mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1% of all yearly gun-related homicides" while "deaths by suicide using firearms account for the majority of yearly gun-related deaths".

Within weeks of taking office, Trump scrapped a federal rule imposed by President Barack Obama that could have made it harder for some mentally ill people to own guns. "When he can't mention guns while talking about gun violence, it shows the president remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA".

Trump, who tweets several times a day to 62.8 million people, also went on to denounce the internet and social media, stating: "We must recognise the internet has provided a unsafe avenue to radicalise disturbed minds and perform demented acts..."

"We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders before they start", he said. Under the rule, the Social Security Administration was supposed to provide information to the gun-buying background check system on recipients with a mental disorder so severe they can not work or handle their own benefit checks.

He urged Democrats and Republicans to set aside partisanship and find solutions to gun violence but offered few details on possible action.

"We are a loving nation", he said. In early 2018, he proposed increasing the minimum age required to buy assault weapons in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, but backflipped after meeting with National Rifle Association leaders.

Trump called on Congress to pass "bipartisan solutions", including "red-flag laws", which would encourage identifying early warning signs in risky individuals and then taking action, such as confiscating their firearms.

Congress has proven unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation this session, in large part because of resistance from Republicans, particularly in the GOP-controlled Senate. "After all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain".

During his remarks on Monday, Trump at one point erroneously stated that the OH shooting had taken place in Toledo, not Dayton. The cities are about 215kms apart.

Trump ended his comments by asking that "God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo".

Protection orders "take guns out of the hands of those who should not have them without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners", says Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who oversaw gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.