Former president Barack Obama has offered a statement in response to the shooting that left 17 people dead and over a dozen more injured in Parkland, Florida yesterday.
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
Obama’s call for increased gun safety laws contrasts with President Trump, who addressed the nation earlier today and said he was focused on mental health issues in the aftermath of the shooting. The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has prompted new discussions about gun violence prevention, which is likely to spark emotional and contentious legal debates around the country for the foreseeable future.
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