Arguing that "America is terrified" after a torrent of mass shootings over the past 18 months, the New York Post on Monday called for a ban on assault weapons and for President Donald Trump to take the lead because people "just want the killings to stop."
"God save us all, sir," the editorial board of the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper said. "People all across the nation are scared; many feel like the country is spinning out of control.
"They're looking to their leaders for more than prayers.
"President Trump, you are positioned to assuage that fear," the editorial continued. "On gun control, you are a pragmatic centrist, someone who knows there is a vast majority of Americans who are not to the extreme left or right on this issue.
"They just want the killings to stop."
The editorial, spread over two pages, led the Post's cover-page package and comes after mass shootings within 24 hours in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 29 people and injured many others.
The Post noted that Trump "regularly praises the Second Amendment and received the National Rifle Association's support in the 2016 race.
"But the Second Amendment leaves ample room for regulating gun rights, just as every other constitutional right has its limits."
Amid accusations from 2020 Democratic presidential contenders that Trump's fiery rhetoric has contributed to the climate that caused the shootings — the El Paso suspect allegedly wrote a manifesto warning of huge groups of people coming from Mexico — the president Monday called for bipartisan solutions on "strong background checks" and immigration reform.
"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," President Trump said at the White House. "These sinister ideologies must be defeated.
"Hate has no place in America."
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