Student survivors of Florida school shooting slam President Trump for blaming FBI
And making it
all about him
February 19, 2018
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(NATIONAL) – Some of the kids who survived that horrific Parkland, Florida school slaughter last week by another nutcase with a hi-capacity, semi-auto military style rifle that killed 17 people are having none of President Trump’s usual and customary self-absorbed blame game blathered out onto Twitter over the weekend like the ramblings of an unhinged, angry child.
Online comments blasted Trump after he linked the FBI's failure to follow up on a report about the school shooter as well as the agency’s resources that have been used on the Russia-political interference investigation.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"
Here’s some of the online outrage from apparent survivors of the shooting in response to that tweet:
"17 of my classmates are gone. That's 17 futures, 17 children, and 17 friends stolen. But you're right, it always has to be about you. How silly of me to forget. #neveragain"
“17 innocent people were brutally murdered at my school, a place where they should have felt safe. Their lives were gone in an instant. You are the President of the United States and you have the audacity to put this on Russia as an excuse. I guess I should expect that from you."
"Oh my god. 17 OF MY CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS ARE GONE AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE THIS ABOUT RUSSIA???!! HAVE A DAMN HEART. You can keep all of your fake and meaningless 'thoughts and prayers'."
David Hogg, one of the students at the school was on NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend and issued a passionate, blistering call for the President take action now:
"You're the President," Hogg said. "You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you? Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that. Please take action. Stop going on vacation in Mar-a-Lago. Take action. Work with Congress. Your party controls both the House and Senate. Take action, get some bills passed, and for God's sake, let's save some lives."
Some teens ready to throw Republican leaders under the bus unless they act now
Young people in Florida may be the start of the new face of the fight in American to get some common sense laws passed that are already proven in Europe to dramatically decrease the incidents of mass killings with guns.
Kids now are saying this IS about guns and enough is enough.
In a big rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Marjory Stoneman Douglas students called for a ban on weapons like the one used to kill 17 people at their Florida high school, and what’s more, urged voters to vote out of office lawmakers who oppose the move or who even take money from the National Rifle Association.
In a speech filled with emotion, a senior at the school, Emma Gonzalez demanded that lawmakers do something to prevent mass school shootings.
"We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to buy an automatic or semiautomatic weapon," Gonzalez said at the rally outside a federal courthouse.
She said gun laws have to change because the laws have not, while the guns themselves have changed."Maybe the adults have got used to saying, 'It is what it is,'" she said. "But if us students have learned anything, it's that if you don't study, you will fail. And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead."
She talked directly to those politicians who take campaign donations from the NRA: "Shame on you." And that then sparked hundreds of others to chant, "Shame on you! Shame on you!"
"Politicians who sit in their gilded house and senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call BS!" she said. "They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS!”