Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the heartbreaking mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and around 15 students and teachers severely injured.
His words showed his deepest sympathy and condolences for the heartbreaking incident. While he agrees that prayers are not enough, Obama's tweet reiterated his stance and desire to pass "long overdue, common sense" gun laws.
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.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
While in office, Obama passed a bill to make it harder for people with mental illness to obtain a gun. The rule could have prevented more than 75,000 unfit people from easily having access to firearms if it was fully implemented. However, Trump secretly rolled-back on the regulations according to NBC.
During the mass shooting, Trump's reactions where different and he did not mention gun laws at all. In a series of tweets, Trump said;
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Trump tweeted, that while he was sorry, students should have reported the shooter, Nikolas Cruz's odd behavior.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Trump failed to mention gun laws or initiatives to keep schools and children safe. That did not stop students from being proactive and fighting for the laws they want to see come to pass. At South Broward High School, a school in South Florida protested gun violence and showed their support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Friday.
Future voters at South Broward High School have left classes to protest for better gun control. pic.twitter.com/AgpKRsrNwI
— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc) February 16, 2018
More of this please.