Mass Shootings: Key Developments In Texas And Ohio

Mass shootings: Key developments in Texas and Ohio Associated Press Photo

Anguished families and a nation reeled as the death toll from two weekend mass shootings — one at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and the other at a popular nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio — rose and politicians pointed fingers.

The attacks 1,300 miles apart have raised questions about where to lay the blame and what can be done to prevent future violence.

Here are some key developments from Monday:

DEATH TOLL RISES

The death toll from two weekend mass shootings rose to 31 on Monday.

Authorities say two people wounded in Saturday's shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, died in the hospital Monday.

The death toll from the Texas attack is now 22. Roughly two dozen other people were wounded.

The attack happened hours before a separate mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, in which nine people were killed and injured dozens more.

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TRUMP SPEAKS

President Donald Trump called for bipartisan solutions to gun violence.

Trump, who remained largely out of view for two days at his New Jersey golf club, spoke at the White House on Monday, saying he wanted legislation providing "strong background checks" for gun users. He seemed to abandon his latest idea of linking gun control legislation to immigration policy just a few hours after proposing it.

Trump has backed away from previous pledges to strengthen gun laws following other mass shootings.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement the president "remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA."

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