In the painful aftermath of the high school gun shooting in Florida yesterday, Donald Trump took to Twitter today to shift the discussion from any meaningful gun control measures to the idea that the shooter was apparently mentally ill.
Trump wrote, “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!”
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
The Trumpster almost seems to be blaming the students and neighbors for not reporting the shooter.
According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, the shooter was “a client at a mental health clinic” though he had not been at the clinic in more than a year.
What Trump failed to include was that he signed a bill into law a year ago that rolled back Obama-era regulations that made it harder for those with a history of mental illness to obtain a gun.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters, “While people in this country with mental health issues are being treated they should not be able to buy, surround themselves, purchase or carry a hand gun. Those two things don’t mix.”
Sounds like a logical idea to me.
It took less than 24 hours to make the latest school shooting about mental health and not anything to do with type of, or access to, guns https://t.co/7Ci2yavpl3
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 15, 2018
Trump laying the onus on the students, not members of Congress, to help prevent the next school shooting https://t.co/m56tNKDUjJ
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 15, 2018
All true. He should never have been able to purchase guns. But how about the ready availability of assault weapons that, time and again, enable efficient killing on a massive scale? Are you not strong enough, Mr. @POTUS, to take THAT on? https://t.co/tXUv5ReJYo
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 15, 2018
So many signs you loosened restrictions on mentally ill people buying guns https://t.co/8MVc6OO6rL
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 15, 2018