At least 29 people lost their lives, and dozens were injured during a shattering weekend of two mass shootings in the U.S.
The dreadful events put President Trump at the center of a storm of outrage over white nationalism and racism. The President tweeted that hate has no place in America. He also blamed the shootings on mental illness.
However, the investigators in El Paso, Texas revealed that shooter, the 21-year-old white local man Patrick Crusius, posted a message on the website 8chan. In that note, written 20 minutes before the Saturday's attack, Crusius expressed sympathy for a white nationalist massacre in New Zealand a while ago. He also pointed out that the upcoming attack would be his response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.
Crusius opened fire at an El Paso Walmart early Saturday morning, killing 20 people before the police caught him. The prosecutors charged him with murder and confirmed they would pursue the death penalty. In addition to that, the federal authorities are investigating the case as a hate crime.
Only 13 hours later, in Dayton, Ohio, the 24-year-old Connor Betts killed nine people and left at least 26 injured before the police shot him dead.
The weekend mass shootings were carried out less than a week after a 19-year-old opened fire at the Gilroy annual food festival in California, killing three people.
President Trump faced severe criticism online on Saturday for his passing mention of the Texas shooting. Later during the day, he extended his condolences to Dayton without remarking the gun control. Trump only said that hate had no place in the United States.
President's daughter, Ivanka Trump, tweeted that white supremacy should be destroyed like any other terrorism.
The Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke emphasized on the wide availability and affordability of high-powered firearms urging the government to take actions. Another Democratic Presidential candidate, Cory Booker, accused Donald Trump of not doing anything to stop the chaos in the country.
Some prominent academics also joined the debate to point out that violence and especially gun carnage can be contagious. According to prof. Jillian Peterson, who had studied each mass shooting in the U.S. since 1966, the media also plays a central role. Her colleague, prof. Adam Lankford echoed her words by saying that media often contributes to mass shootings by offering suspects fame.
What is your opinion? Do you support or oppose the statement that the anti-immigrant rhetoric of President Trump is also to be blamed for mass shootings like the one in El Paso?