Obama vs. Trump on School Shootings


Alexis Rivers

With the recent and tragic school shooting in Florida there has been many controversies over gun laws, mental health and how our president, Donald Trump, has reacted to the situation compared to how previous president, Barack Obama, reacted to the school shooting during his own presidency. When the Sandy Hook school shooting took place Obama sat alone working for hours on what he was going to say to the parents of the students at Sandy Hook. The tweet you may have seen where it shows Obama sitting working on his speech and the photo that may or may not be of Trump partying may not be accurate. The so called photo of Trump is too blurry to tell if its really him and the source is not reliable. The better way to compare the reactions of our past and present presidents would be the speeches they made after the attacks occurred.

“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” said Obama during his speech. Obama was also crying and was obviously very somber and heartfelt throughout his entire speech. Trump’s speech had a stark contrast t Obamas. It had no mention of gun control and mainly focused on mental health.

“I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.” said Trump during his speech. Both president reacted very differently to the situations they were put in. Some might say that Trump’s reaction was not enough, and some might say it was. The fact of the matter is is that these terrible and tragic events are not okay and something needs to be done about it and our president is trying to do so.

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