A devastating school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left 17 people dead and at least 14 wounded. In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has appeared to blame the suspect's mental health for the deadly massacre.
Many people in opposition, however, are calling attention to our nation's lax gun laws and demanding gun control reform.
In one tweet, a survivor of the Parkland shooting who hid inside a closet for two hours during the rampage said guns are to blame for the tragic attack.
Other students who survived the shooting are also tweeting out criticisms to Trump and right-wing political commentator Tomi Lahren, who said, "Can the Left let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner agenda? My goodness. This isn't about a gun it's about another lunatic. #FloridaShooting."
On Thursday, Senator Chris Murphy brought up the Parkland school shooting, stating, "This happens nowhere else." He called it an epidemic of "mass slaughter." He said our country's inaction is to blame for these continuous tragedies.
A New York Times op-ed titled "The Truth About the Florida School Shooting" calls out our nation's passive response to mass shootings, saying, "The gun homicide rate in this country is 49 times higher than in other rich countries, according to the Health Affairs study. [...] Here’s the truth: The teenagers killed in Florida yesterday had the misfortune of growing up — of trying to grow up — in a country that didn’t care enough about their lives."
Celebrities are also weighing in on the debate and asking Congress to take a stance against politicians and organizations who don't support gun control.
Various publications, including the New York Daily News, have pointed out the hypocrisy of conservative politicians who tweet condolences to victims of mass shootings, but accept financial support from pro-gun organizations like the NRA.