After the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff lost their lives on Wednesday, Mr. Trump has said he is planning a trip to Parkland and has ordered all of the flags in the country to be at half-staff. What many people want to know is why he would even bother with a trip to Parkland when he clearly doesn’t support any policies that would prevent these horrible mass shootings from happening.
Trump tweeted about his plans on Friday:
The Broward County vice mayor, Mark Bogen (D), spoke out about Trump’s upcoming visit, calling it “absolutely absurd.” Bogen said:
‘Him coming here, to me, is absurd. Him coming here is absolutely absurd, and he’s a hypocrite.
‘How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is, when you support these laws? This is a man who supports teenagers and other people [being able to] to purchase assault weapons … and then comes down here and wants to act as though this is horrible and shouldn’t happen, but goes back to Washington and supports it. It’s hypocrisy.’
The Vice Mayor of Broward County says Trump's upcoming visit is "absolutely absurd" https://t.co/pObIzn4SKy
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) February 16, 2018
Bogen also mentioned Mr. Trump’s signing of a bill that overturned former President Obama’s regulation that was designed to make it more difficult for mentally ill people to purchase guns.
Trump gave a speech on Thursday saying that making schools safer is a “top priority” for his administration. In horribly hypocritical fashion, he said:
‘To every parent, teacher and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family and your suffering is our burden also. No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.’
He stressed the need to address mental health issues in America, and said:
‘I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost alone confused or even scared. I want you to know that you are never alone, and you never will be.’‘You have people who care about you, who love you and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer or a faith leader. Answer hate with love. Answer cruelty with kindness.’
Mr. Trump can speak all he wants and pay lip service to the tragedy, but as the vice mayor said, neither he nor his Republican Congress have done anything to try to prevent horrendous mass shootings from occurring – nothing on gun reform or banning assault weapons. Instead, Trump stripped measures that would keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illness.
Grieving parents and others who lost their loved ones are hearing his speech, which probably isn’t the least bit comforting at a time like this. Nothing will bring back their children, but a little justice in terms of legislation is more than warranted at this time.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Trump’s visit to Parkland:
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