Not long after the horrific news broke of another high school shooting, the gun debate started to rage.
Two suspects were apprehended in Santa Fe, Texas, after at least one opened fire killing as many as ten people, mostly students, on Friday.
During the inevitable gun debate that immediately went into play on social media, one man who showed up on the scene and stoked the debate to new heights for what he was wearing — and carrying.
Guns and prayers: A man shows up to the Santa Fe High School (Texas) shooting with an American flag and a gun. Another man says "it's an embarrassment." pic.twitter.com/TAixNrJCPp
— Scott McGrew (@ScottMcGrew) May 18, 2018
The man who wasn’t yet identified said he was there to “Make America Great Again.” The fact that he was wearing a Trump hat, carrying the American flag, and had a handgun on his side was not lost on anyone.
A second man in the video was enraged by the flag waving Patriot, saying that while he supports the Second Amendment, it was the wrong move to show up with his gun out in the open.
The men’s reactions to the tragic scene were reflected in the divisive responses the viral video clip received:
@FBI This is a guy you should keep an eye on.
— Don’t wash your pits in the river of Sacred Tears (@MaestraOogway) May 18, 2018
Because there’s nothing like scaring kids and their families who have just been through a traumatic event
— My Name Is James ? (@_JamesGtfo) May 18, 2018
Citizens have the power for change as well. In fact, only citizens have the power – if every single one of those prayers were turned into votes for gun legislation there would be change – either in laws or politicians. "They" haven't stopped regulation – we haven't demanded it.
— Peggy Skala (@PeggySka) May 18, 2018
I know that but berating a citizen with good intentions asking people to pray for the children and families right after a school shooting just simply isn’t right. He’s not your political enemy, & at this moment theres no vote. Prayer is about sending well wishes to those involved
— Walter “Coffee Boy” (@WalterFBiela) May 18, 2018
That gun isn’t being used in a crime.
What he is doing is COMPLETELY LEGAL.
— #ShallNotBeInfringed (@MrRomanCatholic) May 18, 2018
I bet he was the only resident who has a carry permit who came to Help Defend the Students I call that Brave Not Stupid
— john romer (@johnromer2) May 18, 2018
GLAD HE IS THERE AND ARMED!
— Anthony Fezio (@afezio1952) May 18, 2018
And is this school a gun- free zone? If so, he better be arrested immediately!
— Fuck Trump & His Nazis (@FuckTrump61) May 18, 2018
Dumb and dumber. He is the poster child for many ills in this country today.
— Cinderella ??? (@Cinderella5280) May 18, 2018
They have the same disease of the brain Trump has. They babble and believe nonsense constantly. What person in their right mind would show up like that!!
— Christina (@Larell718) May 18, 2018
I didn’t know I could make America great simply by walking around in shorts with a pistol and an American flag. I thought it meant taking care of my family and community.
— Malgin and Tonic (@VKS82) May 18, 2018