President Donald Trump made the usual promises to keep students safe on Friday in response to a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas earlier in the day that left ten dead. And Twitter promptly ripped him apart for it.
A gunman walked into Santa Fe High School and began firing rounds at students and teachers. The gunman has been apprehended along with an alleged accomplice. This is the 22nd school shooting in 2018 and while conservatives are already saying that it’s too early to talk about gun control, it’s too late for the victims who died in this tragedy.
Trump was tweeting out a petty attack against the FBI at the time of the shooting, but soon delivered remarks featuring the kind of empty promises that Americans have come to expect from him and the Republican Party.
“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others,” Trump said.
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever… pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
These are the exact kind of platitudes that Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg predicted would come.
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
Twitter users agreed with Hogg and slammed Trump for being all talk and no action.
How about some gun reform legislation instead of just talking?
— Greg Shugar (@GregShugar) May 18, 2018
— Vanessa Hale (@Hale03Hale) May 18, 2018
More empty platitudes.
— brujo 🔥 (@Pipelinebaby) May 18, 2018
Remember when you decided children didn’t matter as much as guns?
— Impeach Trump (@evilbibletees) May 18, 2018
Empty words. You are with no one until you take pro-active measures to get guns out of schools. Arming teachers is not a solution.
— bbatty62 (@Barbara60450064) May 18, 2018
“Determined to do everything in our power…”
Nope. You took $31 million from the @NRA & you headlined their convention, your determination falls short. Far short.
— Gina Fragola (@Fragola_Girl) May 18, 2018
Please stop tweeting and do something
— Dillen (@virginmobileus) May 18, 2018
IT’S TIME FOR GUN CONTROL
all the rest of is just BS, just kicking the can. A TRUE PATRIOT WOULD CALL FOR GUN CONTROL NOW!
— UNITE & FIGHT (@stopthenutjob) May 18, 2018
Thoughts and prayers didn’t stop shootings after Columbine, or Sandy Hook, or San Bernardino, or Orlando, or Las Vegas, or Parkland. Thoughts and prayers won’t stop shootings after Santa Fe unless you and Republicans in Congress fight for gun control. #EnoughIsEnough
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) May 18, 2018
Stop your BS and do something! Just two weeks ago you were praising the NRA and going back on your word to the Stoneman Douglas victims. ENOUGH!
— CoCoJoWats (@WatsJo) May 18, 2018
Indeed, it looked as though Trump might actually seek meaningful gun control measures after the Parkland shooting. Instead, he abandoned the idea and focused on arming teachers, a non-solution that will not work to stop shootings.
If Trump is serious about “doing everything” in his power to stop school shootings, gun control measures must be his top priority. Of course, we all know Trump won’t do it. The National Rifle Association owns him. And it won’t be long before 22 school shootings become 23 and 24 and 25…
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