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United States: Trump wants death penalty for hate crimes and mass murder

After the attacks in El Paso and Dayton, US President Donald Trump announced a legislative initiative that would provide for the death penalty for hate crimes and mass murder. Trump said in an address to the nation that he had instructed the Justice Department to work out appropriate legislation. The death penalty must be carried out "quickly, decisively and without years of delay".

"These attacks hit us in the core," said Trump. These are attacks on the nation and crimes against humanity. He and his wife are in their thoughts with the relatives of the injured and killed. These should never be forgotten. Trump thanked the security forces for their decisive intervention.

On Saturday, a 21-year-old white man shot and killed 20 people in a shopping mall in the Texas city of El Paso, seven of whom were Mexican citizens. The alleged perpetrator was arrested. Police in El Paso said that two other people who were seriously injured in the attack died on Monday morning. shared. Just 13 hours after the first attack, a 24-year-old man shot and killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday night before he was killed by police officers.

Denouncing the ideology of white supremacy

Looking at the racist manifesto allegedly published by the El Paso perpetrator, Trump said the US should condemn racism, fanaticism and the ideology of white supremacy. "These dark ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America," said Trump. The "glorification of violence" must come to an end.

Trump also promised that the FBI would get more resources. "We have asked the FBI to identify other resources they need to prevent hate crimes and domestic terrorism," Trump said. The president also blamed the Internet and social media for the crimes. He also criticized video games that celebrate violence. "The glorification of violence must stop," he said.

More cooperation is needed between the Ministry of Justice and the local authorities so that possible shooters can be identified at an early stage. Medical prevention must also improve so that potential perpetrators can be treated in good time. Trump spoke of the perpetrators several times as a "monster".

After the attacks, the opposition accused Trump of creating a climate of hatred with his rhetoric. This climate favors racist attacks. The Democrats also criticized the president for failing to speak out in favor of restricting the sale of firearms to private individuals. In the past few weeks, Trump had openly insulted Democratic MPs in a racist manner, earlier he had generally referred to Mexicans as "rapists".

Connection with immigration law

Even before his speech, Trump had offered the Democrats to change the gun laws if they agreed to stricter immigration law. Specifically, Trump spoke of a tough background test for gun buyers. However, he had already promised such a change in the law after the rampage in a school in Parkland, Florida in February 2018, so far nothing has come of it.

Trump, on the other hand, claimed that much had already been done, including checking gun buyers. But more must be done. He did not repeat the connection with the immigration reform in his speech.

The House of Representatives, in which the Democrats have a majority, has passed a gun control law, which also provides for more detailed background checks at the federal level - beyond the individual US state - as suggested by Trump. In the Senate, which is controlled by Trump's Republicans, the law has made no progress.

Federal death penalty

Just a few days ago, the US government announced that it would enforce the death penalty again at the federal level for the first time in more than 15 years. In the past few years, several US states had abolished the death penalty or suspended its execution.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, this maximum penalty no longer exists in around 20 of the 50 US states. In cases in which offenders have been sentenced to death by federal courts, the federal level decides whether the sentence will be enforced. The last time there was a federal execution in the United States was in 2003. The death penalty has continued to be imposed since then but has not been carried out. The Trump administration now wants to change that.