Parkland massacre outrage prompts Trump’s meek response

After a week of thin empathy for the victims, Trump announced a memo he signed ordering the Justice Department to do something about the “bump stock” that allows a civilian semi-automatic rifle to fire at rapid rate. “We can do more to protect our children,” he said. “We must do more to protect our children.”

This is the best the Trump administration can do and it came way too late for the victims. This kind of ban should have happened last year, after the Las Vegas shooter used it to rain down on hundreds of targets, “killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500.” Back then, even the NRA supported the restriction.

The Florida high school students hope this time things will change, but their state legislature has just voted 36-71 against any ban and the governor placed the blame squarely at the FBI Director. Here comes another round of distractions, empty words and rituals.

 

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