I figure this is a big enough deal to get its own thread.
What we know so far:
Late in the morning yesterday in El Paso, a 21 year old white male motivated by white supremacy, fueled by the hate site 8chan, and echoing the view points of Fox News and Donald Trump, opened fire at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, explicitly aiming to kill Hispanic Americans. 20 people have died as a result with dozens more wounded. Some of those injuries were lift threatening as of yesterday evening but it seems that number has not increased. Weapon was an AK-47, he drove 9 hours to get to El Paso because it's a border town with more Hispanics. This suspect has been arrested (without incident). Texas DA will unsurprisingly seek the death penalty.
Early this morning in Dayton, Ohio, a 24 year old white male with currently unknown motivations (but...guess) entered a bar and opened fire. Police responded within a minute and the shooter was killed, but 9 people had been killed and 27 injured in the minute he was firing. He was wearing body armor and the weapon was a .223 caliber high capacity rifle, which suggests an AR-15 but police haven't confirmed that yet.
There were also 7 wounded in a park in Chicago in a drive by around the same time as the Dayton shooting. Obvious guess is a gang thing, but no idea and it won't get nearly as much coverage.
Most of your presidential candidates have condemned the El Paso shooting for what it is, white nationalism, and some of them linked it directly to the president's rhetoric. Most passionately, Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso resident:
Several Democratic Senators, such as Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders are demanding McConnell end the August recess to pass the criminal background check bill the House passed five months ago.
The GOP, as usual, is offering thoughts and prayers and maybe, if we're lucky, using the mental health dodge. If we're less lucky, they're mostly blaming video games. Some non-elected conservative figures have finally decided white supremacist terrorism is a problem, but they're mostly in the non-influential Never Trump group. Jeb Bush's son is the closest thing to an actual Republican figure I've seen express this sentiment.
The president is still golfing and excited about MMA fights.
Herbert Hoover got 40% of the vote in 1932. Friendly reminder.