El Paso, Dayton shootings in one weekend stirs up gun regulation conversation
Over the weekend two mass shootings occurred in the United States, causing the gun regulation debate to resurface once again.
A gunman released fire in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas Saturday at approximately 10 a.m. Less than 24 hours later, a mass shooting occurred in a bar in Dayton, Ohio around 1 a.m.
In a press conference on Aug. 3, El Paso police confirmed that 20 people are dead and 26 were injured. Authorities also said that they have a manifesto allegedly written by the suspected shooter, Patrick Crusius, which “indicates potential nexus to hate crime.”
“In our voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said Monday. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life.”
At least nine people were killed and 27 injured in the Dayton shooting when a gunman wearing body armor and carrying ammunition magazines opened fire, officials said.
The Dayton shooter was identified by authorities as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old white male who lived in Dayton. He is believed to have acted alone. According to the authorities, when Betts opened fire, responding officers stationed nearby took him down within minutes of the first shot.
Betts was killed by responding officers, police said.
One of the Dayton victims has been identified by authorities as Betts’ sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts.
The death toll for the El Paso massacre increased to 21 people Monday morning, according to a tweet from the police department.
An online forum known for posting hateful messages, “8chan” was taken down Monday by its cybersecurity service provider, Cloudfare, but was back up a few hours later. Police are currently investigating postings in 8chan that is believed to be connected to the El Paso shooter.
“Based on evidence we’ve seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people,” Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince wrote in a blog post Monday.
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING:
President Donald Trump said that the FBI, local and state law enforcement were working together in El Paso and Dayton.
Rob Portman, a Republican senator from Ohio, said that the “senseless acts of violence must stop” in a statement on Sunday. Portman said he was working to local leaders and law enforcement officials.
“While we are still learning more about the details of this tragedy in Montgomery County, we are praying for the victims and their families and thank the officers who responded so quickly and bravely,” Portman said.
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING:
Many on the left are calling for stricter gun laws and vigilant eradication of “white nationalism.”