Donald Trump speaks out against 'a horrific act of violence' on Parkland anniversary
President Donald Trump shared a tributary Instagram post on Thursday in remembrance of the Parkland shooting victims. He also spoke about what he has done since then.
Trump posted a photo of the inscription wall for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Above it was the date of the tragic shooting which took the lives of 14 students and three teachers on February 14, 2018.
Text with quote marks around it read:
"Melania and I join all Americans in praying for the continued strength and healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where there has been the loss of life as a result of school violence."
Suzanne Devine Clark visits a memorial setup at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for those killed during a mass shooting on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. | Photo: Getty Images
In the caption of the post, he wrote:
"One year ago today, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 students and 3 educators in Parkland, Florida. On this somber anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation’s children."
The president also elaborated on what he had done right after the incident and pledged to continue making a change.
"The day after the tragedy in Parkland, I told the Nation that school safety would be a top priority for my Administration. We took immediate action, committing ourselves to a sacred vow to do everything in our power to ensure that evil does not stalk our children on the playgrounds or in the hallways of our Nation’s schools."
People pause for a moment of silence at 10:17 am on Thursday, February 14, 2019 near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they remember those lost during the Parkland Mass Shooting. | Photo: Getty Images
"Within days, I convened a listening session at the White House, during which young men and women, joined by family and friends, recounted stories of survival and heroic acts of bravery and remembered those lost to senseless violence..."
As he discussed on Wednesday, Trump also "enacted the Fix NICS Act and Stop School Violence Act which gives grants to schools and law enforcement to improve safety."
Those children who survived the horrific Parkland shooting also took a stand against gun violence, becoming activists and public speakers. The March For Our Lives rally of March 2018 aimed for more stringent gun laws.
Former President Barack Obama also posted a message on Thursday praising Parkland Shooting survivors who took a stand after going through their horrific loss.
He wrote on Twitter:
“In the year since their friends were killed, the students of Parkland refused to settle for the way things are and marched, organized, and pushed for the way things should be - helping pass meaningful new gun violence laws in states across the country. I'm proud of all of them."
The survivors remembered their fallen comrades by "going dark" on social media platforms and wearing burgundy #MSDStrong t-shirts at school. Angel stakes sat atop the school's sign, one for each of the shooter's 17 victims.
As of today, the most effective steps towards gun safety has been imposed on state levels where stricter background checks were imposed and gun prevention bills were passed.
Our hearts and prayers go out to those mourning the Parkland Shooting victims. We hope that everything is done so that we never again hat to witness such a disaster.
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