Two mass shootings that killed 29 people in Texas and Ohio reverberated across the United States’ political arena on Sunday (local time) as Democratic presidential candidates called for stricter gun laws and some accused President Donald Trump of being a white nationalist. Dozens were also wounded Saturday and early Sunday in shootings within just 13 hours of each other in carnage that shocked a country that has become grimly accustomed to mass shootings and heightened concerns about domestic terrorism. The first massacre occurred on Saturday morning in the heavily Hispanic border city of El Paso, where a gunman killed 20 people at a Walmart store before surrendering. Authorities in Texas said the rampage appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime and federal prosecutors are treating it as a case of domestic terrorism. Across the country, a gunman opened fire in a downtown district of Dayton, Ohio, early on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding at least 26 others. The assailant was killed by police, making the death toll for both shootings 30. The El Paso shooting resonated on the campaign trail for next year’s US presidential election, with most Democratic candidates repeating calls for tighter gun control measures and… Read full this story
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