U.S.A.: Trump and the Penultimate Massacres

Democratic candidates to the presidency of their party accused Donald Trump this Sunday for the massacres in Ohio and Texas.

That was the approach expressed by two analysts of the Associated Press (AP), Hunter Woodall and Hope Yen.

Their argument? That the repeated attacks of Trump against minorities had stirred up racial discrimination and violence.

In the course of public acts and television shows, they highlighted the need, among other things, of establishing more limitations to carrying weapons, revisions to their owners and their backgrounds.

But they concentrated almost all their fire on Trump, trying to tie him to the shootings that took place in Dayton and El Paso, where almost 30 people were killed, after months of presidential rhetoric against people from the black community and migrants of the same race.

“There’s a complicity in the president's hatred that undermines the kindness and decency of North Americans regardless of their party", said Cory Booker, senator for New Jersey.

"Keeping silence at times when hatred increases, it’s insufficient to say 'I am not a promoter of hatred.'

"If you don't actively work to fight hatred, to denounce it, you are accomplice of what is happening."

The mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, said that to fight the terrorism of white nationalists would be shameful for a president who, "to begin with, helped to stir many of these feelings in the country."

Next he remarked, "at best, it condones and encourages white" nationalism.

Senator Kamala Harris, of California, also split some responsibility over the language of Trump that imposes “incredible consequences”.

Kamala highlighted: “We have a president of the United States who has chosen to use his words in a way that it promotes hatred and division among us."

Five minutes later, the Las Vegas lawyer attended a religious ceremony in a church of Las Vegas.

At the same time funeral honors were organized for those killed in that territory, famous for its many casinos.

Meanwhile, the new tragedy confirmed even more the extent in power in the United States of its true owners. Also the hypocrisy of many of the politicians to serve them.

29 dead in 2 mass shootings in Ohio and El Paso in less than 24 hours

  • There have been two mass shootings in the US over the weekend — one in El Paso, Texas, and one in Dayton, Ohio.
  • They occurred less than 24 hours apart. It's also just a few days after a gunman killed three people at a garlic festival in California.
  • In Ohio, police say nine people were killed, plus the shooter, and a further 26 were injured.
  • In Texas, 20 were killed and at least 26 were injured.
  • Here's what we know so far.
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Two mass shootings left at least 29 dead in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas on Sunday and Saturday. The shootings occurred less than 24 hours apart.

In Ohio on Sunday, reports of the shooting began at around 1AM in the Oregon entertainment district of Dayton. Police say nine were killed, plus the shooter, and 26 were injured, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In El Paso, Texas Saturday, 20 were killed and at least 26 were injured. The suspected shooter was arrested.

The shootings were the 31st and 32nd mass shootings in the US in 2019, according to The New York Times, which defines a mass shooting as a single shooting incident that kills three or more people.

Here's what we know so far.

A shooter opened fire in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday.

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Police are seen after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019.
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The suspect was a 21-year-old white man.

Twenty people were killed, and 26 others were injured.

Read more: 20 people killed, 26 injured in a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, Texas officials say

3 Mexican nationals were killed and 6 were wounded. Investigators are currently looking into a manifesto the suspect may have written, which details anti-immigrant beliefs and fears that Hispanic people will turn Texas into a "Democrat stronghold."

Read more: 3 Mexican nationals were killed and 6 were wounded in the El Paso shooting, Mexican officials say

The suspect appears to have posted about his rampage on 8chan's /pol imageboard — a place on the internet that continues to radicalize mass shooters, such as Brenton Tarrant who live-streamed the massacre he inflicted in Christchurch.

There's an obsession with "high scores," meaning more points for a larger body count.

Read more: The El Paso shooting suspect appears to have posted about his rampage on 8chan — and it shows how the massacre of innocent people is becoming 'gamified'

An off-duty soldier was present at the scene. He told media outlets he grabbed children and carried them to safety during the shooting.

"I'm in the military, so when I hear the gunshots we're trained to think fast," he said. "Grab your weapon, think fast, take cover, do anything you can."

Read more: Off-duty soldier describes how he scooped up children and carried them to safety during the El Paso shooting

Beto O'Rourke gave a speech where he was visibly shaken on Saturday. He said he would return to his hometown of El Paso and announced he was cutting his campaign trail short.

"I'm thinking about El Paso, I want you to be thinking about El Paso as well," he said. "There is no luxury in this democracy of sitting this one out, whether it is gun violence, whether it is many of the issues we discuss today ... It is on every single one of us to make this right."

Read more: 2020 candidates and local celebrities react to the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed at least 18 people on Saturday

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said people all over the world were looking at the US and wondering what's going on.

"What is the mental health situation in America, where time after time, after time, after time, we're seeing indescribable horror?" he said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said "enough is enough," and the mass shootings in the US are "a sickness."

"This is beyond anything that we should be tolerating," he said. "We can beat the NRA. We can beat the gun manufacturers."

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted: "Far too many communities have suffered through tragedies like this already. We must act now to end our country's gun violence epidemic."

Read more: At least 8 people were killed and almost 50 were injured in 8 mass shootings across the US this weekend

President Trump called the tragedy a "terrible shooting" and promised "total support of [the] Federal Government."

"Today's shooting in ElPaso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice," he tweeted. "I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today's hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people."

Read more: El Paso police say 1 suspect is in custody in connection with the deadly Walmart shooting. Here's what we know.

Another mass shooting happened less than 24 hours later in Dayton, Ohio.

Police responded to another mass shooting in the US less than 24 hours later, in Dayton, Ohio. Local media site WHIO reported the shooting occurred at or near Ned Peppers Bar on East Fifth Street.

There are reports of 10 people dead, including the shooter, and 26 wounded.

The first reports came in about 1 a.m local time. There are some eyewitness accounts that report the shooter was denied entry into the bar before opening fire.

The shooter has not yet been identified, but according to WHIO, he used a .223-caliber high-capacity magazine rifle and was covering his face, possibly with a mask.

Police are currently investigating the attack and seeking witnesses.

Read more: Police are responding to reports of 'an active shooter incident' in Dayton, Ohio

A post on the bar's Instagram page stated everyone was safe and their "hearts go out to everyone involved."

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Unarmed Ohio Teen Tyree King Killed By Police

The teenager was shot dead after he tried to pull a gun from his waistband; the weapon was later confirmed to be a BB gun.

A police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old black boy late Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio, after he “pulled a gun from his waistband,” authorities said. The gun was later discovered to be a pellet gun, according to local press reports.

RELATED: Global Protests Haven’t Stopped US Police from Killing Black People

The boy was identified as Tyree King and according to officials he was shot by police officers investigating an armed robbery in the area. He died at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. 

Police described the BB gun as resembling a weapon, “with an attached laser sight.” A man with King at the time of the shooting has been taken into custody, authorities said, but have not released his identity.  

Police in Columbus said that officers arrived at the place and identified three people matching the suspects' descriptions. When they approached the men to interview them, two ran away.

"Officers followed the males to the alley ... and attempted to take them into custody when one suspect pulled a gun from his waistband," officers said in a statement.

RELATED: Black Mother Killed in Her Home by Baltimore Police, Child Shot

In recent years, U.S. police have faced increasing criticism for the killing of unarmed civilians, typically people of color, sparking nationwide protests, as well as a fierce debate over racism in policing. 

According to human rights activists and organizations, Black people in the U.S. are far more likely to be shot at, arrested and imprisoned by police than any other demographic group. A 2012 study by the Malcolm X Grassroots movement revealed that a Black person was killed by police or surrogate personnel every 28 hours in the U.S. 

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Trump Officially Nominated as GOP Presidential Candidate

During Tuesday afternoon’s roll call vote, Trump – who was not present for the balloting of delegates by state – managed to garner more than the 1,237 votes required to secure the party nomination.

CLEVELAND – Real estate magnate Donald Trump was officially nominated on Tuesday as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate for the November election at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

During Tuesday afternoon’s roll call vote, Trump – who was not present for the balloting of delegates by state – managed to garner more than the 1,237 votes required to secure the party nomination.

The brash billionaire businessman’s home state of New York was the one that put him over the 1,237-vote threshold and, by and large, the balloting was clear and even surprising evidence of unity in a party that just on Monday appeared to be driven with dissension and unrest among the “Never Trump” or anti-Trump faction.

The roll call of the states proceeded alphabetically and Trump’s oldest child, Donald Jr., accompanied by his sister Ivanka and brother Eric, read the 89-6 tally for the New York state delegates that handed his father the presidential nomination at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Although Trump’s pick for his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, must also be confirmed by a roll call vote at the Convention, this was likely to be a mere formality and all that remains is for Trump to accept the party’s decision on Thursday in his speech closing out the conclave that began on Monday.

No significant protests or dissension arose during the roll call vote, in contrast to what was seen on Monday when rebel delegates fruitlessly tried to derail the Trump juggernaut by demanding a change in the rules governing the candidate selection process.

Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, obtained a marginal number of votes in the states where local rules allow delegates to vote for candidates who are absent from the convention proceedings.

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At Least 9 Dead in Ohio Plane Crash

WASHINGTON – At least nine people died when a small plane hit an apartment building in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday, local authorities reported.

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Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason

Opening a new front in the abortion wars, abortion opponents are pushing Ohio to make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman is terminating her pregnancy to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome.

The legislature is expected to approve the measure this fall because lawmakers endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee, which supports the bill, make up more than two-thirds of both houses.

Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican who is running for president, opposes abortion but has not yet taken a position on this bill. Since his election in 2010, he has signed a variety of abortion restrictions, including a law requiring women to have an ultrasound and be offered a chance to see an image of the fetus before undergoing the procedure.

Mike Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life, said his group had made the bill here a legislative priority because Down syndrome is so recognizable, so easily diagnosed in pregnancy — and so likely to lead to abortion.

“We all want to be born perfect, but none of us are, and everyone has a right to live, perfect or not,” he said. “You go to any supermarket or mall and see these families who just happen to have a child with Down syndrome, and they will tell you how fortunate they are to have those children. Pretty soon, we’re going to find the gene for autism. Are we going to abort for that, too?”

But abortion rights lawyers say such a law would violate the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which guarantees a woman’s right to seek an abortion until the fetus is viable. They also say that by focusing on the diagnosis of a fetal condition, it edges toward recognizing the fetus as a person, setting up a conflict between the mother’s interests and those of the fetus.

Between 60 and 90 percent of fetal Down syndrome diagnoses lead to abortion, according to an academic article reviewing research studies from 1995 to 2011 on the percentage of women who choose to terminate their pregnancies.

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