Ex-president Barack Obama called for gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland high school shooting on Wednesday, which claimed the lives of 17 people. His statement came at approximately the same time as President Trump’s address on the tragedy.
“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,” Obama tweeted.
The former president is renowned for calling for gun control in the wake of numerous mass shootings taking place under his presidency, including the Newtown school shooting and the Aurora movie theater massacre.
It is unsurprising that former President Obama would rush to politicize the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida. But just like under his previous administration, he is out of new ideas beyond gun control, and unable to take action to remedy the situation.
On the contrary, current President Trump stressed the need to address mental health issues in an address on the Parkland tragedy.
“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,” Trump said in televised remarks.
“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,” he said.
The president called the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz “mentally disturbed” and advised that now is the time to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”
President Trump also told the victims and their families that they are “never alone” and referred to faith.
“In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.’ “We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow,” the president said.
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