President Trump to visit Dayton Wednesday

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President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

DAYTON, OH (WCMH/AP) — President Donald Trump will be visiting Dayton in the wake of the mass shooting last weekend.  

A release from Trump’s security teams states the president will land at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Wednesday morning.  

Information on Trump’s stops while in Dayton has not been released for security purposes.  

The visit comes just days after a mass shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton and at a Walmart in El Paso.  

The back-to-back shootings hours apart and 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) away from each other quickly turned political, with Washington lining up along typical party contours in response. Trump cited mental illness and video games but steered away from talk of curbing sales of guns, including the military-style weapons believed to have been used in the attacks. 

As familiar post-shooting rituals played out in both cities, decades of an unmistakably American problem of gun violence ensured as many headlines as the deaths garnered, they weren’t entirely shocking to a public that’s grown accustomed to such bloodshed. As with a litany of other shooting sites before, stories of the goodness seen in lives cut short juxtaposed with inklings of the demented motives of the shooters, and on-scene heroics with troubling ideologies that may have sparked the bloodshed. 

Equally familiar was the politicized reaction from Washington and around the country. 

Trump made a vague expression of openness to new gun laws that was met with skepticism by an opposition that has heard similar talk before. 

“Hate has no place in America,” the president declared in a 10-minute speech from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, condemning racism and rehashing national conversations on treatment for mental health, depiction of violence in the media, and discourse on the internet. 

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