Sky News:– Donald Trump has blamed America’s latest mass shootings on video games, mental illness and social media, after 30 people died in attacks in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.
Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump announced reforms to try to deal with the problem, including working with social media companies to detect “mass shooters” before they strike.
The speech came shortly before El Paso police confirmed another victim had died as a result of the Texas attack.
Mr Trump once again stopped short of calling for gun reform and instead focused on mental health support, saying: “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger – not the gun”.
Doubling down on his suggestion that the attackers had mental health issues, the president called for new laws that better identify “mentally disturbed individuals”, adding that those people should “not only get treatment, but when necessary, involuntary confinement.”
He called this weekend’s attacks in Texas and Ohio “barbaric”, saying they were “crimes against all humanity”, adding “we are sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed and the terror.”
Mr Trump also called for the US to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”