Donald Trump came out with a compassionate, thoughtful, lengthy presidential statement remembering the young people from Parkland High School. Another student entered the building and shot over and over — murdering young people just when their hopes were beginning to unfold. Is it possible that POTUS wrote this? Check it out.
The president’s message started out talking about the “horrific act of violence:”
‘One year ago today, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 students and 3 educators in Parkland, Florida. On this somber anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation’s children.’
Then, he patted himself on the back for reacting with “immediate action:”
‘The day after the tragedy in Parkland, I told the Nation that school safety would be a top priority for my Administration. We took immediate action, committing ourselves to a sacred vow to do everything in our power to ensure that evil does not stalk our children on the playgrounds or in the hallways of our Nation’s schools. Within days, I convened a listening session at the White House, during which young men and women, joined by family and friends, recounted stories of survival and heroic acts of bravery and remembered those lost to senseless violence.’
The president wanted people to know that he not only listened to the young people who came into the White House, he acted. Survivor Carson Abt is a senior now at a different school and suggested coordinated “active shooter protocols and drills.” Survivor Julia Cordover suggested banning bump stocks. Alaya Barnett thought the nation needed improved counseling services for victims of bullying. Sandy Hook mom Nicole Hockley supported the STOP School Violence Act, which gives the country a $1 billion for student prevention programs and reporting systems spread over the next 10 years.
As Trump ended his message with a last ditch effort for safe schools and communities, the question remains — did he write it or even agree with it?
‘Melania and I join all Americans in praying for the continued healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where lives have been lost to gun violence. We reaffirm the bonds of faith, family, community, and country that unite us as one Nation. Today, as we hold in our hearts each of those lost a year ago in Parkland, let us declare together, as Americans, that we will not rest until our schools are secure and our communities are safe.’
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