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El Paso killings shift mood on domestic terrorism

More calls to have American perpetrators of mass violence charged as terrorists

In the aftermath of the Aug 3 massacre in El Paso, Texas, of 22 mostly Latino people, there is growing recognition that the United States has a problem of domestic terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists.

Despite this, whether President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate will introduce wider background checks for gun buyers remains unresolved. Prospects may be dimming as Mr Trump shifts the focus to the issue of mental health.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'El Paso killings shift mood on domestic terrorism'. Print Edition | Subscribe