Former President Barack Obama just responded to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida like a real leader should do.
On Wednesday, 17 people were killed at a high school by a gunman, making it the 30th mass shooting and the 18th school shooting of 2018.
In response, Republicans immediately offered their standard “thoughts and prayers” instead of offering solutions to prevent gun violence from taking any more innocent lives.
That includes President Donald Trump, who responded via Twitter that no one should “feel unsafe in an American school.”
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
But that’s where he stopped. As president, one would think that Trump would offer more than mere condolences. The mark of a real leader would be proposing laws to make sure all Americans feel safe across the country, especially since gun violence is a leading cause of death in the United States.
Trump, however, proposed no such solutions and issued a proclamation on Thursday ordering flags lowered to half-staff.
Again, no solutions and no proposals to end the killing.
Obama, on the other hand, called for action to stop gun violence in a Twitter post that also offered condolences to the families of the victims.
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
In 2012, Obama proposed common sense gun safety laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in which 26 were killed, 20 of whom were children.
Among the proposals were stronger background checks, preventing mentally ill people from buying guns, an assault weapons ban, and a ban on magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
Republicans refused to pass the reforms, especially after the National Rifle Association objected to them, forcing Obama to sign executive orders to enact the proposals he could.
One of the proposals he enacted was gun checks for people with mental illnesses, but Trump signed a bill reversing it to allow mentally unstable people to purchase guns again. Trump signed the bill the day before the Florida school shooting.
And that makes this Trump tweet incredibly pathetic and ironic.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
The comparison of the two responses is just another reason why Obama is very much missed. At least he would fight for solutions to the gun violence. All Republicans do is take loads of money from the NRA to do nothing.
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