President Donald Trump focused on mental health today when he delivered his national address in response to the mass shooting Wednesday at a Parkland, Florida high school.
Trump began by expressing sympathy for the families of those who were killed and wounded by the shooter who attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Trump said he remains in contact with law enforcement officials investigating the scene, and that he will soon travel to Parkland to meet with the victims and their families.
Towards the end of his speech, Trump called for substantive action, and said his primary focus was on securing schools and tackling the “difficult issue of mental health.”
“It’s not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference. In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need. And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.”
Throughout his address, Trump said almost nothing on the subject of guns, nor did he say much of anything about how mental illness factors into shooting incidents like the nation has seen in past tragedies. It’s worth nothing that while the mental state of teen shooter Nikolas Cruz is still unknown, it is clear what he used to carry out the deadly attack: an assault rifle.
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