1. Yesterday in the US, there were two mass shootings in less than 24 hours.
Thirty people have died and dozens have been wounded in two mass shootings within just 13 hours of each other in the US, prompting calls for tighter gun control.
The first massacre occurred on Saturday morning in the heavily Hispanic border city of El Paso, where a gunman killed 20 people at a Walmart store before surrendering to police.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the rampage appeared to be a hate crime.
Police cited a “manifesto” they attributed to the suspect, a 21-year-old white man, as evidence that the bloodshed was racially motivated.
Across the country, a gunman opened fire in a downtown district of Dayton, Ohio, early on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding at least 26 others, police and the city mayor said.
The assailant was shot dead by police, less than a minute after he started shooting.
Several Democratic candidates for next year’s US presidential election denounced the rise of gun violence and repeated calls for tighter gun control measures.
Ohio Mass Shooting: Connor Betts was killed by police less than a minute after he started shooting a .223-calibre rifle into the streets of a popular Dayton nightlife area. #7NEWS https://t.co/p5O418KHdW
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 4, 2019
At least two candidates, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, drew connections to a resurgence in white nationalism and xenophobic politics in the US.
“America is under attack from homegrown white nationalist terrorism,” Buttigieg said at an event in Las Vegas.
US President Donald Trump branded the shooting “an act of cowardice”.
“I know that I stand with everyone in this country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people,” he said on Twitter.
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019