A Nation Grieves and Fears the Future

The deaths of 29 people in 2 mass shootings in the US over the weekend shocked Americans numbed by gun violence—and forced them to recognize again the threat posed by white supremacists in a nation with 270 million firearms.

In the attack at a Walmart in El Paso, 20 people were killed and 26 were injured, the El Paso Times reports. The suspect posted a racist rant online shortly before attacking shoppers readying their children to go back to school.

The rant echoes statements made by President Trump, according to The Washington Post. As Mike Allen writes in Axios, when he read the words “Hispanic invasion” in the manifesto, he knew “the country faced dark days.” 

In an early tweet this morning, Trump called for "strong background checks" possibly linked to immigration reform.

Fewer than 24 hours after the El Paso attack, Dayton, Ohio began grieving the deaths of 9 people and injuries to 26 following a shooting in the city’s entertainment district, the Dayton Daily News reports.

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