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Trump promotes views of criminologist who says there's no evidence of a mass-shooting 'epidemic'

President Trump stops to talk to members of the media as he walks to Marine. (Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)

President Trump, who has passed on Congress to pass legislation This week in Texas and Ohio, on Thursday, the views of a criminologist who argues this week is no evidence that the United States is experiencing "epidemic" of mass shootings.

Twitter, Trump shared James Alan Fox, who shared his views in a podcast Wednesday by Reason, a libertarian publication.

In the interview, Fox said that although the number of mass shootings has risen in recent years, there are too few to draw a clear trend line.

"There is no evidence that we are in the midst of an epidemic of mass shootings," Fox told interviewer Nick Gillespie.

The tweet That trump Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham.

The White House did not immediately answer to a question about what Trump was trying to do by sharing the tweet.

In an email to The Washington Post on Thursday, Fox said he was mistreated.

"The big problem is the 11,000 victims killed by gunfire," he said.

In the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people, Trump has vowed to push Republicans to embrace that would strengthen their long-standing opposition to such measures.

Last week, Trump told reporters at the White House that conversations in recent days had yielded strong congressional support for "very meaningful background checks" and that his party, which has stymied gun-control efforts this year by Democrats, who took the lead in August recess.

"I think Republicans are going to great and lead the charge, along with the Democrats," Trump said.

He continued to express support for stronger background checks in New Jersey.

According to a post analysis published this month, four or more people have been killed every 47 days, on average, since June 17, 2015. During the podcast, Fox said: "What the evening of a young white supremacist killed nine people during a Bible study at a historic African American Church in Charleston, SC?" (19659017) a definition that overstates the carnage. In his research, Fox said, he defines "mass killing" as episodes in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, are killed. Such instances are rarer than when four or more are shot, he said, given that only a fraction of those who are shot the.

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