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President Donald Trump
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Trump calls on U.S. lawmakers to pass gun background check law
In an unexpected move, the American president calls on the Democrats and the Republicans to unite in order to enforce stricter gun laws after 29 people were killed in two separate mass shootings in the country within 24 hours
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on lawmakers to pass legislation requiring strong background checks for firearm purchases following two mass shooting in Texas and Ohio over the weekend that killed 29 people.

 

 

Trump, who is scheduled to deliver remarks at the White House later on Monday morning following the attacks, said the victims' deaths could not be "in vain" and called on both political parties to take steps to require further screenings for gun buyers.

 

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

 

"We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them," Trump wrote on Twitter ahead of his remarks, scheduled for 10am (1400 GMT).

 

"Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"

 

Police arrives at the scene of shooting in Texas (Photo: AFP)
Police arrives at the scene of shooting in Texas (Photo: AFP)

 

On Saturday, a gunman killed 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, in what authorities said appeared to be a racially-motivated hate crime.

 

Just 13 hours later, another gunman in downtown Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. Dozens were also wounded in both attacks.

 


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