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.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Describes El Paso Shooting as Terrorist

The shooting perpetrated at a supermarket in El Paso, Texas, in which 20 people were killed and 26 were wounded, was a terrorist act, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday.

During a press briefing, Ebrard considered this an attack against Mexican nationals, so the possibility of lodging a complaint for this crime will be analyzed, so that the person or persons responsible can be extradited to Mexico.

This would represent the first denunciation in history of the relationship between the two nations.

Ebrard informed Monday afternoon during a press briefing that for Mexico, the man who opened fire in a Walmart store in the US border, 'is a terrorist'. He so far killed six Mexicans and at least injured seven.

He said that the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs will provide the Attorney General of the Republic with all the necessary information so that if federal Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero considers it, he lodges a complaint for terrorism against Patrick Wood, alleged responsible for the shooting.

Shortly after El Paso shooting, another attack in Ohio killed at least nine people and wounded 26, both apparently by white supremacists, according to some press versions inspired by the philosophy of Donald Trump, although this has been detached from the matter and condemned the crimes which are typified of hate.

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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.
Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez

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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From Lima to Havana: The Power is Among Bull’s Eyes

Before leaving for Lima the competition goal for sport shooting it wasn’t to win the gold medal in the ten-meter airgun in both male and female teams. The truth is that nobody has shot from that distance like Jorge Grau from Guantanamo and Laina Pérez from Matanzas.

In fact, their duet in the mixed modality already looks frightening for their opponents.

Grau’s history deserves to be told in several chapters. It’s the living expression of equanimity. Meticulous to the bone he is considered a perfectionist of the technique and he isolates when engaged in competition as if he were in another galaxy.

This Sunday he finally succeeded after years of dedication, of reviewing sequences at the Polygon Enrique Borbonet, he let go of the position tenth (568-16X) in Toronto 2015; and position fourth (572-100.1) of Guadalajara 2011.

In Las Palmas, Grau advanced second to the finale (574-19X), breathigndown the neck of the North American Nickolaus Mowrer (575-20X) who would certainly be the first obstacle on his way to the glory.

He got his revenge in the definition and unnerved shot after shot was aiming at the medal, until after the 16th he climbed to the top. He lost the lead again in the 20, but his 237.3 points became a deep gap as a minimum difference for Mowrer (236.7). The bronze medal for the Brazilian Julio Antonio de Souza with 217.3 points.

Besides, Grau registered to the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, he established a continental top and he already thinks of making a strong double with Laina in Japan.

Guillermo Pías, the other Cuban in competition, couldn’t win a ticket for the discussion of medals, and he ended in position 14 with 565-14X points.

Eglys became the top medal winner in the shot in these competitions (4-4-1). Picture: Mónica Ramírez, special correspondent.

Eglys: Legend of the Pan-American shot and aiming at Tokyo

Sometimes, when the horizon looks ideal to endorse a title, only a few tenth prevent us from that romance with the glory. Eglys Cruz is the kind of shooter who keeps her calm at all times. I remember her for her reaction when she won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008 in this modality of 50 meter rifle three positions. I go back in time and I remember her debut in Pan-American Games, in Santo Domingo 2003.

Now in Lima she was unfazed to the fact of losing her crown 454.2 against 454.9 to the North American Sarah Beard, regardless fighting to the very end. Neither the fact of becoming the greatest medal winner in the sport shot in the history of these competitions, raising her winning sheet to (4-4-1).

It was a true tiebreak that definition, speckled by successive escalades to the top and demonstrations of unquestionable power between both shooters.

Earlier, in the preliminary round, Eglys (1 151-52X) had ended seventh among the eight who advanced to the finale; Beard had passed second 1 165-61X; and the also Cuban Dianelys Pérez, winner of Guadalajara 2011 had passed third (1 165-59X).

But we have already said the discussion of medals is a horse of another color.

After 15 shots in the kneeling, prone and standing positions, Eglys fluctuated between the first and third places, while Dianelys oscillated between the seventh and fourth position, the latter was the definitive one, thanks to 430.8. The bronze medal went to the also North American Virginia Thrasher (444).

For Eglys Cruz, her performance was a personal record in key moments, and it was worth to assure a place in Tokyo 2020 next year, honor reserved for the two leaders among 24 registered shooters.

Eglys moved the U.S. shooter, Christina Schulse Ashcroft (0-4-4) who unfortunately could never win. Our unfazed and calm shooter still has two other choices in Las Palmas, in the modalities of air and mixed air. We will have to wait and see what "gunpowder” she has.

Shooting leads Cuba’s performance at the start of the Pan American Games

Sports shooting is the most prominent sport for Cuba in the first days of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The gold and the bronze won on Saturday by shooters Laina Pérez and Sheyla González, this Sunday were added to another title and a silver medal, in addition to two Olympic classifications.

The gold went to Jorge Grau in the air gun at 10 meters, the same modality in which his compatriot Pérez had won the previous day. To climb to the top and get the ticket to Tokyo 2020, the Cuban shooter defeated American Nickolaus Mowrer (silver) and Brazilian Julio Souza (bronze).

For her part, the experienced Eglys de la Cruz won a disputed silver medal in the rifle at 50 meters from three positions, which secured her ticket to the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She was only surpassed by the American Sarah Beard, while leaving third place for the also American Virginia Thrasher.

Cuban Dianelys Pérez finished fourth.

With this subtitle, De la Cruz became the most awarded shooter in the history of the Pan American Games, with four golds, an equal number of silver medals and a bronze, for an all-time record of nine medals.

The Cuban quartet of the men’s K-4, composed of Fidel Vargas, Reinier Carrera, Reinier Mora and Robert Benítez, also won a meritorious second place, leaving Argentine in first place at the podium and Mexico the third place.

Meanwhile, the female quartet in this specialty could not match the men and finished seventh, in an event dominated by Canada, Mexico and Argentina, in that order.

Another outstanding performance was that of pentathlon athlete Lester Ders, who was one step away from the podium, but won the ticket to Tokyo.

His partner José Ricardo Figueroa finished sixth.

In boxing, the Cuban team had a perfect day, as the three men who climbed into the ring were victorious. Yosbany Vietía defeated Colombian Yilmar Ricardo 3-0 in the 52 kg; Roniel Iglesias (69 kg) did the same against Costa Rican Jimmy Omar Brenes; and at the close Erislandy Savón (91 kg) also defeated Canadian Bryan Colwell.

In this way, the three boxers secured the bronze medal and will seek to improve the color in the semifinals.

On the other hand, taekwondo did not do justice to itself and its two representatives this Sunday, Yamicel Núñez (57 kg) and Rogelio López (68 kg), were defeated with bulky markers in their first bouts and could not advance to the fight for the podium.

In collective sports, Cuban beach volleyball celebrated the going on to the semifinals of Leyla Martínez and Maylén Delís, better in two sets than the Costa Rican couple. The other side of the coin was the male pair of Sergio González and Luis Enrique Pérez, defeated in two sets by the Chilean couple and thus unable to dispute the medals.

And in men’s softball, the Cubans defeated the Mexican team 12-10. The island players scored eight races in two innings and now add a victory and a setback, the latter against the powerful United States. This Monday they will have another hard stumbling block when facing the Argentina world champion.

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Mexico: MORENA's Deputy 'El Mijis' Survives Shooting

'El Mijis' comes from a ‘chavo banda’ meaning an alternative form of a family organization led by children who end up in the street because of poverty or because they flee from their families.

Unknown assailants shot a vehicle transporting Mexico's local deputy Pedro Carrizales Becerra - of the progressive party Morena, near Ciudad Satelite.

Carrizales, also known as ‘El Mijis’ was riding in his vehicle accompanied by state police when he was shot-at by attackers riding on motorcycles. Police reports have not yet indicated the motives for the attack.

The vehicle was impacted by two bullets but no one was hurt in the attempt against 'El Mijis.'

Carrizales, a 39-year-old deputy for the state of San Luis Potosi, became 'El Mijis' while becoming part of a local gang in his home Villa Alborada, to the east of the capital. The former gang member had to go through several tries to gain acceptance, including facing two members and the leader, whom he beat in a contest.

President Andres Lopez’s (AMLO) electoral victory brought about the first youth gang leader, 'El Mijis,' to become the first deputy in Mexico.

AMLO has been heavily criticized for Carrizale’s inclusion in his party ranks. The deputy fought back telling Mexicans he was being subjected to “classicism” and “discriminatory” remarks related to his past life.

RELATED: Thousands of Mexican Women March Against Femicide, Kidnapping

“If I got here it is because I’m tired of watching how citizens discriminate me for having been a street child,” said 'El Mijis.'

'El Mijis' comes from a ‘chavo banda’ meaning an alternative form of a family organization led by children who end up in the street because of poverty or because they flee from their families. In essence, it is a type of subculture formed by street children and youth.

'El Mijis' is also the leader of a Popular Youth Movement from San Luis Potosi which promotes social programs and employment generation for youth involved in gang activity. The movement has also been active in generating peace dialogue between gangs who have sustained prolonged rivalries.

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Suspect dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

Twenty people have been injured, some critically, in a shooting at an arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey on Sunday. One person, suspected to be behind the shooting, has been killed according to local officials.

A second suspect is in police custody, according to Mercer County Prosecutor’s office. Fifteen of those injured suffered gunshot wounds and a 13 year-old boy is among the casualties.

Local authorities say that several people opened fire inside the venue and multiple weapons were recovered in the scene. The casualties were confirmed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office.

Police received reports that a man had opened fire inside Roebling Market, where the all-night event took place, shortly before 3 am.

"It's a massive crime scene," Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said at a news conference.

Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson described the incident as “truly a tragedy,” and expressed his sympathies to the victims and their families.

One eyewitness told WPVI that he saw a person with gunshot wounds. “I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg,” he said. “They bandaged him up and whisked him away before the ambulance came here."

The 24-hour arts festival, which included artwork submitted by local children, and an anti-gun violence project, has since been cancelled.

@aantrenton It’s with great regret that we announce that the remainder of Art All Night has been cancelled due to a tragic incident that occurred overnight. We’re still processing much of this and we don’t have many answers at... https://www.facebook.com/aantrenton/posts/

@kpgoing4change “Imagine a world free of gun violence. What do you see?” Making art and talking about Moms Demand Action at Art All Night - Trenton. 24 hour event tabling! @momsdemand @aantrenton

@cosmic_hiccup Replying to @TheScottCharles  This is what our community art project looked like when my daughter and I left at 11:30.

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Cuba leads Ibero-American Shooting Championship

With a harvest of 11 crowns, equal amount of silver and three bronze medals, Cuba heads the standings in the 5 th Ibero-American Shooting Championship, underway in El Salvador.

Guatemala (3-4-3), Portugal (3-2-1), El Salvador (3-0-2), Peru (2-1-1), Ecuador (1-1-2), Brazil (1-0-0), Chile (0-4-1) and Puerto Rico (0-1-1) appear far behind the Cuban squad, while Venezuela and Panama have not yet earned any medal.

With that outstanding performance, the Caribbean nation is in only one title shy to match its best result for these contests, when in 2010 it won, also on Salvadoran soil, the second edition of the event with balance of 12-6-6.

On Monday, Cuba won the two scepters in the men´s 50m rifle three positions, individual and team events, as well as the men´s 25 m standard pistol.

Eglys de la Cruz, Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, stands out in the Cuban delegation with three gold and an equal amount of silver medals, according to JIT sports publication.

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