1. President Donald Trump walking in to speak on mass shootings
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Zeke Miller, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"The president gave a unifying message. The question really is, how long will that last? This is a president, we've seen mass shootings in this country before under this president, under presidents before and they all in the moment of the tragedy come together and they try to bring the country together, unify it and appeal to the nation's better angels."
Dayton, Ohio - 4 August 2019
3. Various of vigil after mass shooting
Washington - 5 August 2019
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) President Donald Trump:
"The first lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families and the survivors."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Zeke Miller, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"By and large the president was sort of hewing to the same things that we have heard from him and others in Washington for years when it comes to moments of mass shootings. There were no big policy initiatives or roll outs. There was one brief moment from a tweet from the president before he spoke where he was suggesting maybe coupling together some sort of background check legislation with immigration reform but that didn't make his prepared remarks when he spoke from the diplomatic reception room here at the White House."
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Zeke Miller, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"At a certain point this is in Congress' hand and there's not a a whole lot of bipartisan agreement on what to do and how to move forward on that issue. So really there's maybe some areas where the president can do something maybe around the outside of the issue, but the real substance of the matter, the meat of it really has to be done on Capitol Hill."
Washington - Recent
7. Various of US Capitol
El Paso, Texas - 5 August 2019
8. Various of memorial outside Walmart
Washington - 5 August 2019
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Zeke Miller, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"The biggest difference here in this particular, in the El Paso attack where there was this racist anti-immigrant screed by the shooter and that is putting a lot of scrutiny on the president's own rhetoric when it comes to immigrants and his own comments and divisive rhetoric when it comes to that issue."
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Zeke Miller, Associated Press White House Reporter:
"White House officials say they are looking at a trip potentially sometime this week down to the two communities that were affected. But already lawmakers in both communities are saying the president isn't necessarily welcome. Sure there will be people for him to meet and there will be family members who will be willing to meet with him, but he is not expecting going to receive a resoundingly positive welcome there, particularly in El Paso, where there's a lot of scruitny already about his comments about immigrants in a majority Latino city ... The question is his own role in that shooting, in that racist ideology, that extremist ideology that the shooter there used, does he have any role in that? And that's the sort of thing the president will be asked to account for when he is there so it will not be smooth sailing for him when he visits with those families if he does go."
Anguished families planned funerals in two U.S. cities, politicians pointed fingers and a nation numbed by gun violence wondered what might come next Monday as the death toll from two weekend mass shootings rose to 31.
The attacks 1,300 miles apart - at a packed shopping center in El Paso, Texas, and a popular nightlife stretch in Dayton, Ohio - also injured dozens more. They became the newest entries on an ever-growing list of mass shooting sites and spurred discussion on where to lay the blame. President Donald Trump cited mental illness and video games but steered away from talk of curbing gun sales.
For all the back-to-back horror of innocent people slain amid everyday life, decades of an unmistakably American problem of gun violence ensured it wasn't entirely shocking.
Equally familiar, Washington reacted along party lines, with Trump's vague suggestion of openness to new gun laws met with skepticism by an opposition that has heard similar talk before.
A racist screed authorities were working to confirm was left by the alleged perpetrator in the Texas shooting, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, mirrored some of Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Trump suggested via Twitter a bill to expand gun background checks could be combined with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system, but gave no rationale for the pairing. Studies have repeatedly shown immigrants have a lower level of criminality than those born in the U.S., both shooting suspects were citizens, and federal officials are investigating anti-immigrant bias as a potential motive in the Texas massacre.
But when he addressed the nation from the White House just a few hours later, he gave no mention of expanded background checks.