Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Mother of Florida school shooting victims begs Trump to 'do something'

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One at the White House on Feb. 16 2018 President Donald Trump walks to Marine One at the White House on Feb. 16 2018
Lora Ball | 21 February, 2018, 16:01

While adult politicians including Florida Senator Marco Rubio insisted tighter firearms laws would not have prevented the massacre, students who survived the shooting emerged as powerful advocates of gun control.

The president on Monday expressed some support for some changes to the gun background check system, by opening the door to a bipartisan congressional proposal created to improve the sharing of mental health and criminal record information between state and local agencies and the federal background check database.

Trump himself did not comment on the gun issue Monday.

Trump is assuming the role of consoler-in-chief in the wake of this week's stunning violence after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.

Thus far, Trump has not mentioned limiting gun access in his response to the most recent shooting. Some objected to the connection that that tweet implied.

According to gun control advocacy organization group Everytown for Gun Safety, the Parkland tragedy is the 18th shooting at a school campus this year.

COLIN DWYER, BYLINE: The tweet last night was the opening volley in what would become a whole series President Trump sent from his resort in Mar-a-Lago, and it drew a connection between two of the week's biggest headlines. He later addressed the shooting in a speech from from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, urging children across the country to seek help if they feel "lost, alone, confused or even scared", but did not address the issue of gun laws.

The paper published a story Sunday about the family, who said that what Nikolas Cruz did baffles them. "We call B.S".

The rule was part of former President Barack Obama's push to strengthen the federal background check system following the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting - the deadliest school shooting in United States history.

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"He certainly can't accept that this activity may have helped him", said John Podesta, former chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, in an interview on on CBS's Face the Nation.

"You can count on it", the president replied.

Trump's critics are skeptical about whether he will really push for anything.

Republican Governor Rick Scott said he had already told Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran that "if someone is mentally ill, he should not have access to a gun".

Sanders said the president spoke to Sen. If it was meant to create discord, he said, then the American investigations into that interference show they've succeeded.

Last November, for example, he cited mental health problems as the reason for the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas that claimed 26 lives.

Umpqua, Ore. - On October 1, 2015, Chris Harper Mercer killed nine people and injured seven to nine more at Umpqua Community College before two police officers shot him.

Trump - a staunch backer of the National Rifle Association - has cited mental health before as a cause for mass shootings, but consistently dismissed questions about gun control. The White House says the president will host a "listening session" with students and teachers this week and will discuss school safety with state and local officials. From his Mar-a-Lago resort on Saturday, he accused the FBI of being too distracted by the Russian Federation investigation to follow up on a tip about the shooter.

A grieving mother who directed her anger at President Donald Trump on live television after the Florida school shooting isn't done shouting. "This is not acceptable".

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