May 8, 2019 — After the school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, President Donald Trump sent his thoughts but failed again to say anything about the need to pass stronger laws and prevent future tragedies. His words were echoed by Republican leaders like Senators Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner. Trump’s continued refusal to talk about how America’s gun violence crisis stands in sharp contrast to the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020, who quickly offered their condolences and a pledge to take action.
“Trump’s platitudes prove he has utterly failed to grasp the fact that gun violence is traumatizing our children, destroying families, and devastating the nation,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords. “Americans are outraged that the leaders they elected to protect them have allowed the gun violence crisis to escalate a point where no place feels safe—not even our schools, not even our houses of worship. Families are worrying constantly whether today is the day their lives will be forever altered by tragedy. They know it doesn’t have to be this way. So do the candidates preparing to run against Trump in 2020. They understand this issue is on the minds of voters around the country who are looking for a leader who will fight everyday against the gun lobby and for a safer country.”
President Trump’s Response:
Senators Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner’s reactions:
Democrats in 2020 had the exact opposite response the President did: