Barack Obama Condemns Gun Violence & Leaders’ “Racist Language”: “We Are Not Helpless Here”; NRA Responds

Less than 20 minutes later, the National Rifle Association issued a statement in response to Obama's tweet. The gun lobby group blamed the shootings on mental illness. "It has been the NRA's long-standing position that those who have been adjudicated as a danger to themselves or others should not have access to firearms and should be admitted for treatment," the group said.
President Barack Obama has weighed in on the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend, saying, "Until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening."
Earlier today, President Donald Trump denounced white supremacy in a statement on the weekend massacres.


He posted a statement on social media in response to 31 people being killed in the dual incidents in El Paso and Dayton. Read it in full below.
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Here is Obama's full statement, followed by the NRA's response:
Obama said he and Michelle Obama "grieve with all the families" but went on to note, "No other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States."
He also called out "the racist language coming out of the mouths of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments."
After addressing the need for tougher guns laws, he added: "While the motivations behind these shootings may not yet be fully known, there are indications that the El Paso shooting follows a dangerous trend: troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy. That means that both law enforcement agencies and internet platforms need to come up with better strategies to reduce the influence of these hate groups.”

Hollywood Reacts To El Paso and Dayton Shootings; Celebs Call Out Trump and McConnell, Demand Gun Control


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There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people…Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas." I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. Donald Trump tweeted, "Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice.


Early Sunday morning, a terrorist killed nine people outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio while less than 24 hours another terrorist opened fire at a shopping center in El Paso, leaving at least 20 dead.


Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA!"
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The mass shootings come a week after another terrorist opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, killing three people and injuring 13. In less than 24 hours, there were two mass shootings in the country: one in El Paso, Tex. and the other in Dayton, Ohio. It didn't take long for Hollywood and members of the media to express their condolences, frustrations with the frequent acts of domestic terrorism and to demand change for gun control.


You only should feel shame, you empty greedy ghoul." You don’t get to mourn. Keep your prayers. Andy Richter took McConnell to task and responded, "Why are you horrified? This is exactly the sort of thing that you, ESPECIALLY and SPECIFICALLY you, facilitate. It’s your cowardly self-interest that keeps these massacres happening.


"When I went to bed last night hundreds of @MomsDemand volunteers were marching in DC following the horrific shooting in #elpaso," tweeted Julianne Moore. "When I woke up, there had been another tragic shooting in #Dayton. My outrage is exhausted, replaced by resolve to #EndGunViolence."


I’m so sorry for your loss! Nobody deserves to die like this! She continued, "Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!! NOBODY!" My prayers and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims from Texas, California, and Ohio!
Needless to say, many were not happy with Trump and McConnell's words. This, just days after yet another terrorist attack in California, where a terrorist was able to LEGALLY purchase an assault rifle (AK-47) in Vegas, then drive hours to a food festival in Cali leaving 6 more people dead including a young infant baby boy! Rihanna took to Instagram and directed a comment to Trump: "Your country had 2 terrorist attacks back to back hours apart leaving almost 30 innocent people dead.


Read more reactions below.


Other members of the Hollywood community were just as frustrated encouraged action to affect change — specifically with gun control.
Elaine's and my prayers go out to the victims of this terrible violence, their families and friends, and the brave first responders who charged into harm’s way." He followed that up with: "Sickening to learn this morning of another mass murder in Dayton, Ohio overnight. We stand with law enforcement as they continue working to keep Americans safe and bring justice. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell reacted, "The entire nation is horrified by today's senseless violence in El Paso. Two horrifying acts of violence in less than 24 hours.
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Adam Scott tweeted: "Sellout politicians are STILL pushing the @NRA talking point that in the wake of three terrorist attacks (Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton) it’s unacceptable to broach the subject of how to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists."

Midland – Fourteen Gears Lyrics

[Verse]
Darlin’ I still hear your name
Through the windshield wipers and the drivin’ rain
I’ll be ‘cross the rocky mountains in the mornin’
And it’s one too many lonely nights
When the highway comes to be the way of life
Seems like about the time I’m gettin’ near I’m goin’
[Chorus]
Hear that Peterbilt whine down the solid white line
Don’t make no money if I don’t make it there on time
Houston Dallas San Antone
Wind it up until I’m home
I’ve got fourteen gears to get you back in my arms
[Verse]
But if I know that you’ll be waitin’ there
Then you know that’s a weight girl that I can bare
I can see your face in the headlights lonely glaze
With the big ol’ moon steady on the rise
And the hammer down across the great divide
I’ll be pushin’ through till I’m back where I belong
[Chorus]
Hear that Peterbilt whine down the solid white line
Don’t make no money if I don’t make it there on time
Houston Dallas San Antone wind it up until I’m home
I’ve got fourteen gears to get you back in my arms
To watch the sunset on the west Arizona sky
To feel the cool wind on a cold El Paso night
[Chorus]
Hear that Peterbilt whine down the solid white line
Don’t make no money if I don’t make it there on time
Houston Dallas San Antone wind it up until I’m home
And I’ve got fourteen gears to get you back in my arms
I’ve got fourteen gears to get you back in my arms
I’ve got fourteen gears to get you back in my arms

Johnny Cash – Wanted Man Lyrics

JOHNNY CASH
Wanted Man Lyrics

[Written by Bob Dylan]

Wanted man in California,
Wanted man in Buffalo
Wanted man in Kansas City,
Wanted man in Ohio

Wanted man in Mississippi,
Wanted man in ol’ Cheyenne

Wherever you might look tonight you might see this wanted man

I might be in Colorado,
Or Georgia by the sea
Working for some man who may not know at all who I might be

If you ever see me coming and if you know who I am
Don’t you breathe it to nobody ’cause you know I’m on the lamb

Wanted man by Lucy Watson,
Wanted man by Jeannie Brown
Wanted man by Nellie Johnson,
Wanted man in this next town

I’ve had all that I wanted of a lot of things I’ve had
And a lot more than I needed of some things that turned out bad

I got sidetracked in El Paso,
Stopped to get myself a map
Went the wrong way in Pleura with Juanita on my back

Went to sleep in Shreveport,
Woke up in Abilene
Wonderin’ why I’m wanted at some town half way in between

Wanted man in Albuquerque,
Wanted man in Syracuse
Wanted man in Tallahassee,
Wanted man in Baton Rouge

There’s somebody set to grab me
Anywhere that I might be
And wherever you might look tonight
You might get a glimpse of me

Wanted man in California,
Wanted man in Buffalo
Wanted man in Kansas City,
Wanted man in Ohio

Wanted man in Mississippi,
Wanted man in ol’ Cheyenne

Wherever you might look tonight you might see this wanted man