Despite the fact that Cruz was reported to authorities several times, and was even not allowed to bring a backpack to school after making threats and jokes about committing acts of violence, Donald Trump responded to the shooting by saying that Cruz just needed to be reported to the authorities…more.
Trump chalked the act of violence up to “mental illness,” which, in my opinion, is par for the course for NRA-backed politicians whenever someone commits an act of terrorism who isn’t an immigrant or Muslim. Despite the fact that Trump seemed to be disturbed by Cruz’s mental illness that may have led him to murder 17 high schoolers, Trump still revoked a law implemented by Obama that would halt the sales of firearms to the mentally ill.
Many people were underwhelmed by Trump’s response to the shooting, saying that it was unfair to put the onus on children and school administrators, especially when Cruz’s behavior was reported several times.
Some pointed out that although Trump is quick to tweet out anti-Islamic fake news stories, he’s not so quick to confront the elephant in the room: there have been an overwhelming amount of mass shootings and acts of terrorism that are carried out by U.S. citizens – the majority of them white males.
Late show host Jimmy Kimmel responded to Trump’s reaction to the shooting and echoed the sentiments of many Americans: that the lack of stricter gun regulations are largely contributing to the string of violent attacks on civilians in our nation.
Kimmel’s big gripe was Trump and many GOP lawmakers’ gut-reaction: which is to blame “mental illness” and not gun laws on the attack.
“You like to say this is a mental health issue but one of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So, I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.”
He also called out the lack of any real action being taken by certain politicians…
Something that New York Daily News called attention to this past Valentine’s Day when they revealed what all of the politicians are getting paid from the NRA for their support of the organization.
Former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio issued a canned non-response after the shooting in the school, acting as if it was something he couldn’t have at least helped to prevent.
But people reminded him of his affiliation with the National Rifle Association.
From 1999 until now, Rubio’s reportedly made $ 3.3 million from the group.
When Kimmel had finished calling out Trump and other lawmakers for their lack of action, he urged viewers to visit everytown.org. The site helps put people in touch with their local politicians and be vocal about the changes they want to see in US gun law.
Florida Sheriff of Broward County, Scott Israel, also called out lawmakers insisting that stricter gun regulations be written into law. He specifically pointed out Trump’s decision to allow the mentally ill to purchase firearms.
How many more young people needs to die before any meaningful change is enacted?