Tomi Lahren Shut Down On Twitter By Florida Shooting Survivor

On Wednesday, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shot 17 people dead and injured 14 more in the deadliest U.S. school shooting since Sandy Hook. 

The accused 19-year-old, who was apprehended after apparently fleeing the scene, is believed to have links to a white supremacist group and reportedly commented on a YouTube video last year that he would be a professional “school shooter.” The FBI was made aware of the comment at the time. The teenager was also a concern to school staff, and had been banned from carrying a backpack while on the campus. 

In the hours since, social media has, as usual, been a platform for gun reform debate. Especially since the shooting came just short of a year after President Trump rescinded an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to certain mentally ill people

In an address to the nation during the aftermath, President Donald Trump said he would discuss policies to make schools safer during a meeting with U.S. governors and attorneys general later this month. He added that “it’s not enough to take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference — we must make that difference.” 

Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren appears to be one of those opposing stricter gun laws, accusing the left of politicizing the shooting. 

Carly also responded to a tweet by President Donald Trump, in which he offered his “prayers and condolences.”

She also thanked first responders. 

Carly also went on to claim that her grandfather had also hidden in a closest during the first mass shooting in U.S. history. In 1949, Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in a rampage around his neighborhood. Unruh was found to be criminally insane and died in 2009. 

Other students were also quick to respond. 

While others responded to President Donald Trump. 

Other social media users were also quick to criticize Lahren. 

Many parents and students have also taken to social media to share heartbreaking text messages they exchanged during the shooting. 

Thankfully in this case, the two were reunited. 

What do you think of Lahren’s tweet and the response? 

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An Eleven-Year-Old Boy Once Perfectly Shut Down Donald Trump

The year: 1997. The president: Not Donald Trump.

In an effort to incentivize wealthy New Yorkers to be more philanthropic with their money, Donald Trump was given the chance to be “Principal for a Day” at a public school in the Bronx. 

According to a New York Times article, Trump was asked to give a speech for a group of fifth graders at P.S. 70. “Make the speech inspiring, he was asked, something to encourage a group of children whose universe is one of New York City’s most disadvantaged  neighborhoods.”

Trump started off by asking, “First of all, who likes Nike sneakers?”

Naturally, every hand in the room shot up. 

“If everybody puts their name on a piece of paper right now, I will pick 15 people and I’ll take you to the new Nike store that I just opened at Trump Tower,” Trump promised. 

Apparently for Trump, this was a perfect intro for a speech on the American dream. 

“Is there anyone here that doesn’t want to live in a big, beautiful mansion?” he asked. “You know what you have to do to live in a big beautiful mansion?” 

“Be rich,” a voice answered.  

“That’s right,” Trump said. “You have to work hard, get through school. You have to go out and get a great job, make a lot of money and you live the American dream. And you’re going to have fun doing it. It’s a lot of fun.”

Pretty strong words for a man who inherited a great deal of his wealth from his father. 

The excitement in the room, and Trump’s bolstered ego, didn’t last long, however, once he started taking questions from the kids.

Cue 11-year-old Andres Rodriguez, whose father had recently passed away, and whose mother couldn’t work because of a disability.

Not falling for the B.S. Trump was espousing, Rodriguez asked, “Why did you offer us sneakers if you could give us scholarships?”

David MacEnulty, who ran the celebrated chess program at P.S. 70, told The 74 Million that Trump was stumped by the question.

“Trump finally said, ‘I don’t have an answer.’ That’s a direct quote,” MacEnulty said.

Trump’s solution? Give out more Nikes.

To add insult to injury, Trump gave a fake $ 1 million dollar bill to a bake sale that was raising money for the chess team to go to a tournament in Tennessee.

He eventually took it back and replaced it with $ 200, but compared to other wealthy “Principal for a Day” participators, it was chump change.

According to the Times, the chairman of a telephone company had just pledged $ 25,000 to another school in the Bronx the day before, while a high-powered attorney had pledged to raise $ 100,000 to renovate the library at a school in  Manhattan. 

Trump’s parting message for the kids was just as depressing:

“Money does not buy happiness, but it helps. Always remember that.”

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China Vows To Shut Down The Ivory Trade By The End Of The Year

The Chinese government promised Friday that it would halt its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017. Considering that China is by the far the world’s biggest consumer of ivory, environmental groups are calling the promise a “game changer” for elephants.

Carter Roberts, president of the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement:

“China’s announcement is a game changer for elephant conservation. The large-scale trade of ivory now faces its twilight years, and the future is brighter for wild elephants.”

China plans on phasing out the ivory trade in March and completely ceasing trading by December 31. 

And it couldn’t come soon enough. Africa’s elephant population has plummeted from around 1.2 million 35 years ago to between 400,000 and 500,000 now. And if current trends continue, the Central African forest elephant could be extinct within the next decade. 

The move follows international condemnation and growing disaster for the trade at home. Former NBA star Yao Ming was one of many Chinese celebrities to lead campaigns that encourage consumers to stop buying ivory. 

And in recent years, more and more people have become aware that elephants have to die for their ivory. Before, due to poor education, many falsely believed that the elephants lived. 

The Chinese Ministry of Culture said they were prepared to help ivory sector employees find other jobs when the trade has ended. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council, called the move “the biggest sign of hope for elephants since the current poaching crisis began.”

While the International Fund for Animal Welfare said they were “overwhelmed with joy.”

Aili Kang, Asia director at the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement:

“This is great news that will shut down the world’s largest market for elephant ivory. Ivory traffickers have just lost one of their biggest markets.”

Peter Knights, chief executive of WildAid, called the move the “best possible news for Africa’s elephants.”

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