In the wake the two weekend mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which left 31 dead and many dozens injured, President Trump has rolled out newly proposed legislation expanding federal death penalty cases to include hate crimes and mass killings.
Today, I am 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. pic.twitter.com/BDXdpelK7F— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
This comes after less than two weeks ago the Department of Justice announced that for the first time in nearly two decades it will resume capital punishment.
Attorney General William Barr had announced on July 25 that the process for the execution of five death-row in mates is set to move forward, marking the first federal executions since 2003.
"Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President," Barr said in a written statement previously released by the DOJ.
Trump calls for the death penalty for hate crimes pic.twitter.com/hvLOT3zrR7— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 5, 2019
But Monday's announcement means the DOJ will seek to tighten existing law to ensure "hate crimes" and "mass murders" will be tried as capital cases.
His solemn address at the White House condemned the gunmen in the two deadly mass shootings: “These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack against out nation and a crime against all of humanity,” Trump said.
“Hate has no place in America. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism,” he added.