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What It Took For President Trump To Talk About Gun Violence

June 14, 2017

Earlier this month a gunman in Mississippi shot and killed seven people, including a policeman.    There was also the slayings of five people in Orlando.  There were also all the other shots from guns that killed and injured scores of others from coast to coast. The long list of shootings make for a few paragraphs in newspapers across the nation.  But gun violence is so very common, and is that not sad in and of itself, but as a consequence each individual shooting does not make a lasting impact on the average citizen.  This is now just how our society operates.

President Trump did not stand up and address the shooting of a police officer and the others in Mississippi.  He did not take to the microphone to offer his grief or express outrage at the shootings in Orlando.  Nothing was said or done in his White House after those slaughters made headlines to suggest that the gun laws of this nation are needing to be reexamined.

Not shocking to anyone this morning came news of more gun violence in our nation.   This time it came from a gun held by a shooter with seemingly a political message.  And that is what allowed Trump speak about gun violence.  

Trump spoke at the White House and lauded the “heroic actions” of Capitol Police officers in the wake of a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, in which Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise and several others were injured.  The shooting took place at a morning practice for the GOP congressional baseball team.

“Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend,” Trump said in a statement from the White House. “He’s a patriot. And he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault — and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

The gunman was wounded at the scene and then later was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  He was identified as James Hodgkinson, age 66, from Belleville, Illinois. He owned a home inspection business and was also a volunteer on the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Sanders condemned the gun violence and called it a “despicable act.”  And it most certainly was.

It has been reported that the gunman asked who the players were respective to political party and then started shooting.  That is deplorable.  And from that perspective the tone of what Trump conveyed at the White House this morning can be applauded.

“We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country. We can all agree we are blessed to be Americans,” Trump said in a statement delivered in the Diplomatic Room at the White House. “We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

But the fact that Trump has made it his mission to divide and create tensions for his political benefit in ways that we have not seen before from either a presidential candidate or a person who now sits in the Oval Office can not be forgotten.  To now lament these shootings after stirring the pot that helped create the sour stew is not going to fly very far in this nation.

Not once has Trump taken to his Twitter account to speak to the day-to-day shootings in this nation but has easily spit out remarks concerning terrorism.  It might be nice, in light of today’s’ events and the deadly shootings of just this month alone, he would consider a fact that so many of this country already is aware of.

For every American killed by terrorism, more than 1,000 people die in this nation from guns.

The only reason gun shootings remain a daily event in this nation is due to the fact those who are elected can find the convenient time to stand in front of a microphone and make a statement about the horror of such crime but then fail to take the required steps to draft legislation and change laws.

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