Published: Wed, August 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Veronica Escobar, El Paso congresswoman: Trump 'is not welcome here'

Veronica Escobar, El Paso congresswoman: Trump 'is not welcome here'

State Rep. Lina Ortega leads mourners taking part in a vigil at El Paso High School after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019.

The two mass shootings this weekend, which occurred just hours apart have rocked the country with their staggering combined toll of 31 deaths and dozens of injuries, reopening the recurring debate over the need for federal regulations on the purchase and possession of firearms.

The travel warning follows a series of deadly shootings in the United States.

FBI investigators are conducting all their interviews in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and have not found any evidence that Crusius had connections in El Paso, special agent Jeanette Harper said at a press conference at 5 p.m. Sunday.

He said 15 people remained in hospitals Monday afternoon - two in critical condition - and nine had been released. Beto O'Rourke, who is from El Paso, has appeared frequently in the national press in recent days, lamenting the massacre in his hometown. A 21-year-old white male has been arrested.

"We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments", said Obama, who has only rarely spoken out on public affairs since leaving office in 2017.

Ms. Oescobar said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Mr. Trump's dehumanization of illegal immigrants contributed to the attack, which is being investigated as domestic terrorism.

President Trump had also condemned the mass shooting incident at a Walmart store in Texas and called it an act of cowardice. It called the United States "a gun society".

Walmart is the largest arms retailer in the US, but at least some analysts believe ending gun sales could be a smart business decision for the company.

The El Paso Community Foundation is also accepting donations for victims of the shooting.

Including the two latest attacks, 126 people had been killed in the 2019 mass shootings.

James Peinado, a Latino and leader of the local chapter of the gun rights group Open Carry Texas, said he found Trump's visit "extremely appropriate", though he hoped Trump might use the occasion to use more diplomatic language while El Paso is grieving.

In Dayton, Ohio, even more questions remained about what spurred the suspected shooter to target a popular nightlife stretch in an attack that left the suspect's sister among the dead.

Like this: