The mother of one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, who is also the founder and managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise, criticized President Donald Trump on Sunday for “appalling lack of humanity and decency” and for snubbing the families of the Sandy Hook victims.
Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the massacre, shared on Facebook that not only did Trump fail to acknowledge last Thursday’s five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting — “not even a single tweet” — but that our president also invited National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre to a White House Christmas Party on the same evening.
“Not only did he ignore the five-year remembrance completely ― not even a single tweet ― he slapped us all in the face by having none other than NRA President Wayne LaPierre at his White House Christmas party that night. The appalling lack of humanity and decency has not gone unnoticed,” Hockley wrote in the Facebook post that went viral:
While they ignorantly partied and remained uninformed on an issue that kills thousands of Americans every year, I was crying myself to sleep. While they got the chance to kiss their children goodnight, I kissed the urn holding my beautiful boy’s ashes.
Hockley also criticized White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on her handling of the anniversary. When asked about the Sandy Hook shooting and what President Trump and his administration are trying to do to prevent similar shootings, Sanders “remarked she was unaware of any regulation that could have been put in place to prevent anything.” Hockley continues to say:
“This shows a remarkable amount of ignorance, especially regarding an issue that kills over 30,000 Americans every year. As the voice of the White House, Sanders should have not only offered condolences – or even thoughts and prayers – but she should know the answers.”
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