Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which serves as an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the tragic mass shootings that continue to plague our nation as well as the countless gun-related deaths and injuries that fail to receive the same level of media attention every day.
Unfortunately, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on our current cowardly leader and his refusal to take any kind of action to stem the bloodshed, so beholden is he to his NRA donors and gun fetishist constituents. Just this morning it was revealed that Trump botched his efforts to console the families of victims of the recent Santa Fe school shooting in which ten people died and thirteen were wounded. One mother of a slain student said Trump spoke to her like he was a toddler.
The issue of American gun violence would be a difficult problem to solve even if we had the most brilliant of leaders. Instead we are stuck with a sociopath who has no interest in solving the problem, and who lacks the intelligence and competence to solve it even if he suddenly decided he wanted to.
Luckily, former president Barack Obama refuses to completely abandon us to our current nihilistic administration. Obama has taken to Twitter to remind us how a compassionate, thoughtful leader tackles days like today.
He called on all Americans to commit to saving our children from gun violence. Obama said that we have a responsibility to honor the slain by electing new leaders and push for new legislation to prevent future deaths, “no matter how long it takes.” His call to “change our leadership” may not specifically mention Trump by name, but there can be no doubt as to whom he is referring. Americans must heed Obama’s words, vote in Democrats in the 2018 mid-terms and vote out Trump in 2020.
This National Gun Violence Awareness Day, show your commitment to keeping our kids safe from gun violence. Then, for everyone we’ve lost, take action to change our leadership and our laws until they reflect that commitment – no matter how long it takes. https://t.co/lraIwlQAgl
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2018