PressTV-‘Trump’s racist rhetoric leading to more gun violence’

The growing ease to access firearms in the United States as well as the racist rhetoric by President Donald Trump have contributed to the rise in gun violence in recent months, a political analyst and radio host in Washington says.

“Instead of it being more difficult to buy dangerous weapons and firearms, organizations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) are always pushing to make it easier,” Wilmer Leon told Press TV on Monday.

“The politics and the racist rhetoric is highlighting and exacerbating long-existing racial tensions in the country,” Leon said.

Trump is increasing the social and ethnic divisions within the country, Leon said. “As economic and social pressures rise in the country, people in the country turn to guns, turn to religion and turn to xenophobia.”

Each year, more than 32,000 people die as a consequence of gun-related violence in the United States, which is by far the highest among industrialized…

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