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Local Democrats Slam President Trump, Gun Laws After Mass Shootings

August 04, 2019 - 2:22 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Two deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas have relaunched the gun control debate in the United States—and some prominent Democrats are blaming President Trump for the killings.

The shooting at an El Paso shopping center killed 20 people Saturday, and the shooting at a Dayton entertainment district killed at least nine people early Sunday. Dozens more were injured in both shootings.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Democratic presidential candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said President Trump is responsible for the shootings this weekend through lack of action on gun control and through the president’s words.

“He’s responsible for the crisis in our country and is doing nothing to actually solve it. It’s unacceptable,” Booker said.

“My faith have this idea that you reap what you sow and he is sowing seeds of hatred in our country. And this harvest of hate violence that we’re seeing now lies at his feet,” the senator said.

Long Island Congressman Peter King, a Republican, says Booker placing blame on President Trump adds to the climate that Booker claims he’s trying to tamp down.

“It is wrong for people to be saying this about President Trump, it’s irresponsible. And it just adds to the climate that Cory Booker claims he’s trying to tamp down and trying to quiet,” King said.

He said people shouldn’t blame President Trump anymore than past presidents were blamed for shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook.

On gun control, King says there are several factors—including menta health issues—that lead to the shootings but that his party needs to realize that gun regulation is important.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney defended Trump on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, saying the gunmen are responsible and that the president is angry about the shootings.

Meanwhile, the NYPD increased its presence at shopping areas in the city. The department said it is a precaution and that there are no specific or credible threats.

Others Democrats criticized President Trump, Republicans and the National Rifle Association in statements about the shootings.

“Innocent civilians gunned down by assault weapons in El Paso.  Gun violence is an epidemic in our country—one that doesn’t discriminate. And it’s one that won’t end until we beat back the gun lobby and win stronger, smarter gun laws,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.

“While President Trump cowardly kowtows to the NRA, the gun violence epidemic is tearing apart our nation and people are dying. Thoughts and prayers will not stop this madness. In New York, we stand up to the NRA. We stand up for the safety of children. We stand up for sanity. It's past time leaders in Washington did the same. Until they do, these senseless murders will continue,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Gov. Phil Murphy wrote on Twitter: “My god. It’s happening again. My heart is with El Paso.”

Gov. Murphy also retweeted a statement from Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver that read in part: “Today's mass shooting in El Paso is just the latest reminder that we are facing a national crisis of senseless gun violence. New Jersey will continue to pursue commonsense gun safety.”

 “Senseless unspeakable gun violence claims more innocent victims & rips apart another community,” Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote. “Our hearts go to the families & all hurt, & deep thanks to first responders. Enough is enough. We know what must be done to end this epidemic of violence.”