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We can and will stop this evil contagion. In that task, we must honour the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal, if we are divided. We must seek real bipartisan solution. We have to do that in a bipartisan manner That will truly make America safer and better for all.

First, we must do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs. I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with Local, State and Federal Agencies, as well as social media companies to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike. As an example, the monster in the Parkland High School in Florida had many red flags against him and yet nobody took decisive action. Nobody did anything. Why not?

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Second, we must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately. Cultural change is hard. But each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life that’s what we have to do.

Third, we must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment, but where necessary, involuntarily confinement.  Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, Not the gun.

Fourth, we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms. And then if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders. Today, I’m also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation, ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty, and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively and without years of needless delay.

These are just a few of the areas of cooperation that we can pursue. I am opening ready to listen and discuss all ideas that will actually work and make a very big difference.

Donald Trump 05 August 2019

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