Democrats aim out­rage at White House af­ter shoot­ings

Wal­mart faces pres­sure to stop gun sales

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Two mass shoot­ings that killed 29 peo­ple in Texas and Ohio re­ver­ber­ated across the US po­lit­i­cal arena, with some Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates ac­cus­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of stok­ing racial di­vi­sions while he said “hate has no place in our coun­try.”

Dozens were also wounded Satur­day and early Sun­day in shoot­ings within just 13 hours of each other in car­nage that shocked a coun­try that has be­come grimly ac­cus­tomed to mass shoot­ings and height­ened con­cerns about do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism.

The El Paso shoot­ing sent shock waves onto the cam­paign trail for next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, with most Demo­cratic can­di­dates re­peat­ing calls for tighter gun con­trol mea­sures and some draw­ing con­nec­tions to a resur­gence in white na­tion­al­ism and xeno­pho­bic pol­i­tics in the US.

Sev­eral 2020 can­di­dates said Trump was in­di­rectly to blame.

“Don­ald Trump is re­spon­si­ble for this. He is re­spon­si­ble be­cause he is stok­ing fears and ha­tred and big­otry,” US Sen­a­tor Cory Booker said on CNN’S “State of the Union.”

Speak­ing to re­porters on the air­port tar­mac in Mor­ris­town, New Jersey af­ter spend­ing the week­end at his golf re­sort nearby, Trump said: “Hate has no place in our coun­try, and we’re go­ing to take care of it.”

In his first pub­lic com­ments on the shoot­ings, he said he had spo­ken to the FBI, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr and mem­bers of Congress about what can be done to pre­vent such vi­o­lence, adding that “we have to get it stopped.” But he of­fered no specifics.

It was a per­sonal is­sue for Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Beto O’rourke, the for­mer con­gress­man who re­turned to El Paso af­ter the at­tack in his home­town. Asked on CNN if he be­lieved Trump was a white na­tion­al­ist, he re­sponded, “Yes, I do.”

“He is an open avowed racist and is en­cour­ag­ing more racism in this coun­try,” O’rourke said.

Sev­eral hun­dred stu­dents, teach­ers and rel­a­tives filled a high school ath­letic sta­dium in Texas on Mon­day to honor a teenager of Us-mex­i­can ci­ti­zen­ship who was the youngest of 22 killed in a shoot­ing ram­page po­lice sus­pect was driven by racism.

Javier Ro­driguez, 15, was one week into his sopho­more year at Hori­zon High School, where he played on the soc­cer team, when he was cut down by gunfire at a Wal­mart store on Satur­day in the west Texas bor­der city of El Paso.

Wal­mart Inc said on Mon­day there has been no change in its pol­icy on gun sales af­ter two mass shoot­ings over the week­end, in­clud­ing one at a Wal­mart store, left 31 peo­ple dead in Texas and Ohio.

Years of pub­lic pres­sure led Wal­mart, the largest US arms re­tailer, to end as­sault ri­fle sales in 2015 and in 2018 to raise the min­i­mum age for gun pur­chases to 21. Some gun con­trol ac­tivists and Wal­mart cus­tomers now want the re­tailer to drop sales of guns and am­mu­ni­tion al­to­gether.

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