“President Trump you say, ‘What can you do?’ You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands. Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools. What can you do? You can do a lot. This is not fair to our families. That our children go to school and have to get killed. I just spent the last two hours putting the burial arrangements for my daughter’s funeral who is fourteen. President Trump, please do something. Do something. Action. We need it now. These kids need safety now.” – Lori Alhadeff, the mother of shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff
40 miles away from where “our” President was staying in his over the top, opulent home Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida mothers and fathers are burying their children and this is what is on Trump’s mind;
“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” – Trump tweet 2-18-18
I am the father of two daughters, two daughters that are now young adults. I have invested and given the vast majority of my adult life to these two human beings. I would, even today, gladly sacrifice my life for theirs, you would not have to ask me twice. They need my heart to survive, take it. They need a kidney to live a normal life, take both of mine. I can not imagine the absolute sorrow and heartache the parents in Parkland, Florida are dealing with and obviously, neither can “our” President.
Of the 17 victims murdered at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 14 were children. 14 human beings with mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends and dreams, dreams that will never be fulfilled because of the senseless act of a child himself. And “our” President blames everyone but the people and the organizations that deserve part of the blame, all the while posing for photographs with a shit-eating grin on his face giving a big “thumbs-up”. Seriously, what the hell is he grinning about and why the “thumbs-up”.
David Hogg, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had this message for “our” President; “You’re the President. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you? Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that. Please take action. Stop going on vacation in Mar-a-Lago. Take action. Work with Congress. Your party controls both the House and Senate. Take action, get some bills passed, and for God’s sake, let’s save some lives.”
17 human beings were murdered on Valentines Day, 14 children and 3 adults. How many more lives are we willing to sacrifice? How much blood needs to be shed until we wake-up and realize our gun laws are destroying this country? How long are we going to allow gun manufactures and gun lobbying organizations the unchecked influence and control over our leadership? How long are we going to turn our backs on parents burying their children because of gun violence? How long?
Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup & Peter Wang
“We don’t want any other community going through this. There is something wrong with our country right now. This is common sense.” – 17-year-old Ariana Ortega speaking at the funeral of her friend 14-year-old Alex Schachter, killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland
Sad, the man does not live in the same world as we do, he does not share the same human experience we do.
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I’ve always said that when a tragedy “hits home,” the thinking and opinions of individuals often change … dramatically. However, when it comes to our “Oblivious-in-Chief,” even if he lost his favorite son, I doubt he would take off any more than one weekend of golf.
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Even the kids are calling him out. Calling us all out, really. We can’t kick this can any farther down the street. We can’t let any more kids die. Never mind what the Washington, DC doofuses are doing about it; what are WE doing about it?
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If he wasn’t so afraid of being turned on, by his base. He could take each school shooting and build a dialogue towards reasonable measures of severely curbing these atrocities.
First, he’d have to learn a vocabulary before building a dialogue.
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