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    Dayton, El Paso Massacres: Massive Politicised Debate on Social Media as Two Shooting Sprees Rock US

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    As petrifying statistics on the recent carnage have become a focal talking point on- and offline alike in the wake of the deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, many have renewed the debate over what exactly has been fanning the fire.

    According to the Dayton police, the death toll in the horrific shooting near a bar in the Ohio city has risen to nine, while others have sustained injuries. With the tragic incident coming as the second in just 24 hours, following a massacre at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas that took the lives of 20 innocent people, an all-embracing social security debate is gaining momentum.

    Under the hashtag #Daytonshooting, many rushed to recall perturbing statistics across the US on mass shootings and began resorting to slurs, as nothing appears to be changing over time:

    Others straight away put the blame on the government, calling for storming the White House “instead of the Area-51” – something broadly trending in a viral online craze.

    The gun legislation issue was naturally also on everybody’s lips, with calls for more effective laws with this regard renewed and becoming increasingly persistent:

    Some, however, struck back, arguing that owning guns in attacks involving “white supremacists” doesn’t help:

    Thoughts and prayers are all good and well, many have come to state, but by far not enough to prevent similar attacks from happening in the future:

    Others directly addressed politicians “who use racism [and] hate speech to whip up rage and fear”, seeing this as the root cause of the shooting episodes:

    …whereas one argued that the El Paso shooter had stated in his manifesto that “he held his beliefs long before Trump was elected”:

    Another, meanwhile, called for getting at least a slight idea of what the history of Texas is like and who the territory belonged to first:

    …while others suggested the US would be better off borrowing the gun policies from other developed countries:

    The vicious circle between the opposing agendas of Democrats and Republicans agendas over the gun control issue and its repercussions was also brought up:

    In the wake of the El Paso shooting on Saturday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has opened a domestic terrorism probe, which, according to the police, may be classified as capital murder and a hate crime targeting Hispanic people. The shooter reportedly posted a manifesto online before assaulting people inside Walmart, describing a detailed plan to separate the US into territories according to race.

    US President Donald Trump condemned Saturday's mass shooting at a Walmart in Texas as “not only tragic”, but an "act of cowardice", adding that "there are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people".

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