President Donald Trump reacted to the latest school shooting on Friday, lamenting the deaths that occurred at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.
“May God heal the injured, and may God comfort the wounded and may God be with the victims and with the victim’s families,” the president said. “Very sad day, very very sad.”
The Houston Chronicle reported that at least eight victims were killed in the shooting.
“This has been going on too long in our country, too many years, too many decades now,” Trump said.
He expressed his sadness about the frequency of mass shootings, promising that the government would continue working to stop such events.
“Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe,” Trump said.
Trump sent a personal message to the victims and their families.
“We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack,” he said. “To the students, families, teachers, and personnel at Santa Fe High, we’re with you at this tragic hour.”
Trump made his remarks at the White House on Friday ahead of a speech on prison reform.
Earlier Friday, he reacted to the news on Twitter.
“School shooting in Texas,” the president wrote. “Early reports not looking good. God bless all!”
During a May 18 Fox News appearance Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said it is time for Americans to take a stand and say, “We’re not going to leave our kids defenseless.”
His comments came in the wake of the shooting that killed at least 8 at Santa Fe High School.
Paul said, “Why don’t we say it as a country – we’re not going to leave our kids defenseless. We’re going to defend them.”
He also spoke to Hollywood celebrities who react to a high profile firearm-based crime with calls for more gun control, saying, “Every Hollywood actor that hates guns has armed bodyguards defending them. So they hate guns unless the guns are defending them.”
Paul’s call to protect our children is reminiscent of President Trump’s response to the February 14 Parkland school shooting. CNN reported that Trump responded to Parkland by saying that a “gun-free zone to a maniac—because they’re all cowards—a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’” Trump said adopting a policy where “20 percent” of teachers are armed would reduce or eliminate the perception of weakness, making schools a riskier target to strike.
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During an interview with the Fox News Channel on Friday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that schools can’t be defenseless and disturbed shooters “aren’t so disturbed that they’re going to shoot up the sheriff’s office. They’re showing up where there is no self-defense.”
Rand said, “I think the first thing we should do is, there needs to be an announcement by every school district that we’re going to defend our children, and that we’re not going to have a sign outside that [says], ‘We’re defenseless.’ And I think that’s the problem, is that we do have these homicidal or crazy or mentally disturbed kids, but they still aren’t so disturbed that they’re going to shoot up the sheriff’s office. They’re showing up where there is no self-defense.”
He added, “I think we get distracted. We start talking about something that Republicans and Democrats disagree with on gun control. … Look, every Hollywood actor that hates guns has armed bodyguards defending them. So, they hate guns unless the guns are defending them. Let’s announce tomorrow and let’s encourage everybody who protects our kids, superintendents, principals, school boards, announce tomorrow we’re not going to leave our kids defenseless. We are going to defend our schools from crazy people with guns.”
Rand also argued that we need to try to stop people who have psychiatric disorders that cause them to act violently and prevent people who are crazy from getting firearms. He further said there isn’t enough work being done to keep people who are mentally unstable or breaking the law from having guns.
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Texas AG: ‘Disarming Law-Abiding Citizens Doesn’t Actually Protect Our Children’
During an interview with CBS on Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) stated, “disarming law-abiding citizens doesn’t actually protect our children. It puts them at greater risk.”
Paxton said, “People like this are not going to follow gun regulations. Law-abiding citizens will. And so, disarming law-abiding citizens doesn’t actually protect our children. It puts them at greater risk. And the more we regulate, the more time we lose, and the more people we’re going to lose. So, I would prefer to have people that were in place to protect our children, not leave it open for somebody who’s not going to follow a gun law to come in and kill as many children as they want to.”
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