After the high school shooting on February 14, 2018, President Trump took to Twitter immediately to provide his support for the community of Parkland, Florida. The president also held a press conference the next day.
President Donald Trump has weighed in on the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida via Twitter and also through a press conference. Let’s take a look at his reaction to the tragedy.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 will go down in history as the day of one of the top 10 deadliest mass shooting in modern history in the United States. The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
At least 17 people were killed and 14 more were injured by the suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19. Cruz, a former student at the school, had been expelled for reasons that were not disclosed.
Apparently, the school and law enforcement officials were alerted to signs that Cruz was not mentally stable.
For instance, a YouTube video was posted by a user named “Nikolas Cruz.” It stated, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
In addition, Cruz posted photos of himself on social media web sites with numerous guns, his face masked.
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President Trump’s Reaction
Wednesday’s tragic events resulted in many people sending their prayers and condolences to the victims and their families, including President Trump.
As the news was breaking, Trump tweeted out:
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
On Thursday, Trump addressed the nation at a press conference about the Florida high school shooting.
He spoke for more than six minutes, reflecting on the tragic events, thanking law enforcement and the brave teachers, and sending condolences and prayers to the victims. He also offered help to those who suffer from mental illness.
President Trump said, “Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their family.”
“No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school,” Trump added, “No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
Halfway through the speech, President Trump 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 will never be.”
President Trump also told children of America: “You have people who care about you, who love you and who will do anything at all to protect you.”
To end his speech, President Trump said that he is committed to making schools much safer by dedicating time to the issue of mental health.
Below is the full speech:
What Is the Message for Americans in President Trump’s Speech?
Halfway through the speech, it seemed that President Trump started pointing the finger at mental health. He advised children to seek help from parents, teachers, and even religious figures, if they felt alone, scared or confused. Trump even said he’s willing to put more resources into each state to conquer the issue of mental health.
Trump made no mention of gun control or any new legislation.
Supporters for Gun Change
In contrast, there are those stating their support for stricter gun laws.
Former President Barack Obama chimed in on the issue in a tweet, asking for “common-sense gun safety laws.”
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
Lyliah Skinner, a survivor of the high school shooting in Parkland, conducted a phone interview with CNN’s John King the day after the attack. She was quoted as saying, “They shouldn’t be offering prayers and words because those mean nothing. We need action.”
Perhaps Skinner’s personal story will serve as a platform for change.
Hours after the shooting, Golden State Warrior head coach Steve Kerr spoke his mind when he was asked about the Florida shooting by a reporter. He said, “Well, nothing has been done… It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day in schools.” He then went on to say that voters have the power to make the change for America.
Steve Kerr’s powerful message on the shooting massacre in Florida. pic.twitter.com/Lo4k66JG4G
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 15, 2018