Beto O & Rourke, who was a member of Congress for six years in El Paso, says President Trump's rhetoric played a role in the El Paso massacre.
The White House hopeful Beto O'Rourke unveiled on Friday a comprehensive proposal to combat white nationalism, making the tightening of gun laws and the elimination of white supremacy the top priority of federal prosecution authorities.
O. & # 39; Rourke, a former Texas Congressman who is among more than 20 candidates for the nomination of the Democratic president, also said that he will force social media and tech companies to do more to prevent that their platforms are used to reinforce violent verbal abuse or may be held liable.
The congressman's proposal comes nearly two weeks after an armed man fueled by the immigration rage opened fire on a Walmart in O Rourke's hometown of El Paso, killing 22 people and injuring others ,
"Congress's failure to act has led to a democracy unwilling to face an epidemic of armed violence," said O & Rourke. Tell the truth and offer courageous solutions without fear political consequences so that we can finally make progress and save lives.
Beto O & Rourke, former representative of Texas and candidate of the Democrats for 2020, welcomes the supporters during a resumption of the campaign on August 15, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. O & Rourke interrupted his campaign to return to El Paso on a Walmart after the terrorist attack against the city's Latinx community to honor the legacy of the 22 people who lost their lives and to support the community. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker, Getty Images)
O & Rourke, who had problems in recent polls, returned Thursday, nearly two weeks after the shock of El Paso and the nation by the US back to the campaign August 3 rampage that has sparked a broader conversation about the supremacy of the white and armed forces.
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"The Terrorist a The attack on El Paso, fueled by the racist rhetoric of Donald Trump, was not only an attack on America, but also an attack on the ambitious ideals of this nation," said O & Rourke.
In his proposal released on Friday, O Rourke wants to force social media and Internet hosts to promote violence to make white supremacists more proactive.
"Beto urges Internet hosting companies to follow Cloudfare's advice not to allow 8chan online again, and supports the closure of 8chan, Stormfront and other white nationalist communities housed on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, "according to a memo distributed by its campaign to reporters.
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President Donald Trump said he talks to congressional leaders and considers tightening background checks for gun buyers.
After his election, O Rourke will identify white nationalism as a threat to the counter-terrorism strategy, and special offices in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice Set up domestic terrorism and the FBI.
FBI director Christopher Wray told lawmakers last month that the office has recorded around 100 arrests of domestic terrorist suspects in the past nine months. In May, FBI Head of Counter Terrorism, Michael McGarrity, said that 850 domestic terrorist attacks were investigated, of which about 40% were racially motivated violent extremists. Most of this group, he said, were concerned with white supremacists, according to NPR.
O & Rourke, like most of the democratic field of 2020, also calls for strengthening the nation's gun laws.
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He proposes a nationwide weapons licensing system whereby gun owners renew their license every five years have to.
] Rourke also calls for more background checks, a ban on military-style offensive arms sales, and the implementation of federal red-flag legislation that would allow law enforcement agencies to "petition federal courts for weapons remove from those who present a danger to themselves or others, including white nationalists, who intend to commit a hate crime.
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