The atrocity committed yesterday at a high school in Parkland, Florida, was the 7th deadliest gun massacre in American history, which was also the 18th school shooting of the year and the 30th mass shooting this year.
I envy reporters who only covered an out-of-the-blue mass shooting once upon a time. I'm 23, at a community paper & #Stoneman is my third.
— Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan) February 15, 2018
It is a stark and all-too-common reminder that the American people are dying en masse in an epidemic of gun violence. So far this year, 1,827 people have been killed and 3,144 injured by guns. 69 children under the age of 11 have been shot, and 333 between the ages of 12 and 17.
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The citizens of no other nation in the world kill each other as often and as gruesomely as Americans do, enabled by the reckless proliferation of firearms by a political class that is bought and paid for by gun manufacturers.
Nowhere was that made more clear this morning than in the President Trump’s address to the nation, in which he spouted empty platitudes about the need for the nation to “come together and heal” and “wipe away the tears” but did not mention the word “gun” once, as if the seventeen dead and five critically injured teenagers simply vanished into the ether.
Trump frames #ParklandSchoolShooting as a mental health issue, says "it is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make that difference."
Of course he doesn't specify a single specific thing he wants to do. pic.twitter.com/iOktneFQN0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 15, 2018
After his short and robotically delivered speech, President Trump was asked by a reporter if he was going to “do anything” about guns – and he simply walked away without response.
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) February 15, 2018
Just as he’s done every time he’s had to address the nation after a horrifying shooting.
All in all, it was yet another an uninspiring performance from a man who told the National Rifle Association that they had a “true friend” in the White House.
The milquetoast address is a good indication we won’t be seeing any policy changes or legislative efforts coming from the Oval Office. Trump will do his best to sweep the tragedy under the rug on behalf of his donors in the gun lobby.
All in all, he displayed the lack of leadership that we’ve sadly come to expect from President Trump – and a callous disregard for the lives of the American people.