While the country mourns the senseless loss of life after the 18th school shooting of 2018, President Donald Trump Tweeted who he thinks is culpable, leaving people shocked and livid. At 4:12am Thursday morning, Trump Tweeted that the students and parents at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, bear responsibility for their tragedy.
“Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”
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’s Tweet likely resulted from recriminations he and other National Rifle Association beneficiaries received in the wake of the shooting, following his pattern of lashing back at critics on Twitter. But beyond the shock and anger, Twitter also had some information for the president.
Reminder: Trump quietly signed a bill into law last February rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. https://t.co/qVLvABiLiE https://t.co/acrKw1kvst
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 15, 2018
But wasn’t such reporting what you nullified by signing H.J.Res.40 which otherwise would have added mental health information to that supplied to the national background check database? https://t.co/ddkN8EPnxj
— Michael Smerconish (@smerconish) February 15, 2018
Mental illness is a factor, but the @NRA & gun lobby paying @GOP to block sensible gun legislation banning civilian access to AR-15 is THE REAL PROBLEM. anyone taking $ from @NRA is complicit. YOU are complicit. Your silence is deafening. https://t.co/xupnEmXfK3
— Telly Leung (@tellyleung) February 15, 2018
Yes, here is the most important of those signs: pic.twitter.com/CHtWF6rW0W
— Chip Collis (@daChipster) February 15, 2018
To what authority can I report that the President of the United States is mentally disturbed? https://t.co/sxuL1BaUiK
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) February 15, 2018
The blood is on your hands Donald Trump You are the one who got rid of the law Obama put in place for people with mental illness not being allowed to buy guns so stop blaming others for your mistakes in legislation
— TheLeatherArtist (@LeatherArtistry) February 15, 2018
Odds of dying in America:
•Assault by gun: 1 in 370
•Accidental gunshot: 1 in 6,904
•Law enforcement: 1 in 8,719
•Mass shooting : 1 in 15,325
•Refugee from banned nations: 1 in 3,600,000,000
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 14, 2018
Hey @FBI reporting a madman in WH.. mentally disturbing bad erratic behavior. Neighbour classmate democratics, citizen of USA and the whole damn world KNOWS HE IS A BIG PROBLEM! REPRTING AGAIN AND AGAIN! DO SOMETHING!!
CC @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats
— Niki (@Smog2014) February 15, 2018
People suggest it might be time for President Trump to put down his phone and work on real solutions to gun violence in the United States. Wednesday’s school shooting marks the 18th in 2018. We’re only halfway through February.