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Trump talks tough – but still does not think guns are the issue

Donald Trump blamed mental illness, social media and video games for America’s “contagion” of gun violence. 

Guns though, in his mind, are not to blame.

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger,” he said. “Not the gun.”

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But the easy access of those triggers to people determined to cause carnage is a problem with which the country still wrestles.

The president vowed to act with “urgent resolve”.


He talked about a “Red Flag” law which would allow guns to be taken away from people who pose a risk to themselves or others.

But the gun lobby has shown in the past that they are unwilling to sign up to rules that allow the “gun grabbers” of the federal government to remove weapons from someone not convicted of a crime.

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President Trump talked of giving due process to anyone judged to be unstable. But the practicalities of that, when someone is planning deadly attacks, are hard to navigate.

The lessons of previous mass shootings are that for many the Second Amendment trumps issues of public safety.

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There was no mention of restricting access to assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. No mention even of the improved background checks he has teased in tweets.

We have seen before that Mr Trump is willing to make promises in the aftermath of a mass shooting only to later backtrack when the political realities of taking on the gun lobby become apparent.

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Not that the president is the first president to discover that it is an apparently unwinnable war.

He did condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy for creating the mood of hatred that leads to such shootings. Those words were welcome from the country’s leader.

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But he did not reflect on his own contribution to the division in the country, something has Democrat opponents say is at least partly to blame for some of the attacks.

The El Paso gunman reportedly wrote of an “invasion” of Texas by Hispanic people. The president has repeatedly used similar language.

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At a rally in Florida in May, he asked the crowd, “how do you stop these people?” Someone in the crowd yelled “shoot them”.

As the audience cheered, President Trump said: “On in the Panhandle can you get away with that statement.”

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Now, he chooses to blame the media for creating division in the country and is seemingly not prepared to take on the gun lobby.

Plenty of countries in the world have mental illness, social media and video games – only the US has mass shootings as an everyday occurrence.


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