On Thursday Donald Trump stated that he would visit Parkland, Fla., where a gunman killed 17 people this week in the deadliest school shooting in years, and would work with state and local leaders “to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”
With Tweets of condolences regarding the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool tragedy from Trump after the shooting on Wednesday many were concerned with his focus on mental health instead of gun control. After remaining silent Trump’s aides urged him to make a public statement and on Thursday, he delivered a seven-minute speech at the White House that sparked outrage amongst those who have been fighting for gun control.
“We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life,” Mr. Trump said, “that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.”
Since Sandy Hook, more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings. However, Trump made no mention of guns.