The United States is still reeling in the aftermath of three mass shootings, in El Paso, Gilroy, and Dayton, Ohio.
President Trump gave a 10-minute speech at the White House on Aug. 5, and offered condolences to those suffering and grieving, gave praise to law enforcement personnel, and called for Americans to “condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.” “Hate has no place in our nation,” he said.
President Trump is confident that changes can be made, emphasizing that we need to act as “one people.”
“Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided. We must seek real bipartisan solutions, we have to do that in a bipartisan manner. That will truly make America safer, and better for all.”
The president has outlined five areas of cooperation that he hopes can be pursued.
1) Development of internet tools to detect mass shooters before they strike
“I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local state and federal agencies as well as social media companies to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike,” he said.
The president used the ‘monster” in the Parkland Florida High school shooting as an example, he had “many red flags against him, yet nobody took decisive action, nobody did anything, why not?”
2) Stop or reduce violent video game use
‘We must stop the glorification of violence in our society, this includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.” he said. “It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”
3) Reform mental health laws
The president said in cases where mental illness is coupled with a tendency toward violence, not only should they be given treatment, but sometimes “involuntary confinement” may become necessary.
“Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun,” he said.
4) Red flag laws to be enacted
President Trump indicated that any individuals “judged to pose a grave risk to public safety” be refused firearms, and if they already own them, a process is put in place to “rapidly” allow law enforcement to confiscate them.
The president said that is why he has called for “red flag laws, also known as ‘extreme risk protection orders.”
5) Death penalty for mass murderers and terrorists
He has directed the Department of Justice to propose legislation, ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders, face the death penalty, and the punishment should be carried out “quickly, decisively and without years of delay.”