I’ve been waiting for Donald Trump to speak out on the Florida shootings. Again, our condolences to families, students, teachers, communities and everybody impacted. But back to the President, he has not come out and said anything publicly yet. There have been 17 confirmed deaths and still students/teachers are fighting for their lives and the President of the United States has not spoke on this yet! Of course, he did go to Twitter (this is the most tweeting person, I mean President I know) and express his sadness about the situation. But here are a couple pictures of the suspect (who was detained unharmed). He was a prior student of the school. The school superintendent says the suspect came on the school grounds at the time of dismissal. They seem to be pushing really hard for the mental illness mumbo jumbo!
President Donald Trump said on Twitter there were “many signs” the alleged gunman accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was “mentally disturbed.”
On Thursday, the president wrote that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, was a “big problem” who should have been reported to police.
“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” Trump tweeted. “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”
His words received some blow-back from users on Twitter, who questioned why the president was possibly finding fault with neighbors and classmates and did not mention stricter gun laws. Many users cited the Obama-era regulation Trump rolled back last February that had made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.
Trump has not yet spoken publicly about the shooting, which is among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history and the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. In the first 45 days of 2018 alone, it’s the 18th school shooting, according to gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, and the eighth shooting that has resulted in injury or death.
The president tweeted Wednesday he had spoken with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and was “working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”
“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting,” Trump also tweeted. “No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”
Parkland mayor Christine Hunschofsky reacted in real time to this tweet while chatting with CNN, telling the outlet, “If a solution were simple for these things, we would have found one already.”
“I don’t think there’s one solution. I think it takes many people and many different avenues to come to a solution. Hopefully we never see one of these tragedies happen again in our country,” Hunschofsky said. “I’m going to be more vigilant. I’m going to talk to our residents, neighbors, friends to be more vigilant. And ask our kids when they see something on social media, to go to their parents. We’re a safe place to talk about it and discuss it.”