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Trump intervenes in Texas school shooting — RT World News

Former US president calls for prioritizing safety of American children over aid to Ukraine and foreign military interventions

Former President Donald Trump reacted to Tuesday’s massacre in Uvalde, Texas, calling for putting the safety of American children ahead of funding Ukraine’s war effort against Russia and investing in projects of national construction failed abroad.

“If the United States has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home,” Trump said Friday in a speech at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Houston. “We spent billions in Iraq, billions in Afghanistan, we got nothing.

“Before we build a nation for the rest of the world, we should build safe schools for our own children in our own nation.”

Trump has come under fire from Democrats for speaking at an event for the nation’s largest gun rights lobby group just three days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. However, he argued that his critics are trying to profit from the massacre for political gain without proposing reforms that would have prevented the tragedy.

“It’s time to find common ground” said the Florida billionaire. “Sadly, even before the sun set on the horrific day of tragedy we witnessed, a now familiar parade of politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and deprive us of our rights constitutional.”

Trump argued that his successor, President Joe Biden, and other Democrats had “shamefully” attempted to score political points by falsely suggesting that Republicans are “Okay to let the school shootings happen.” He added, “This rhetoric is very divisive and dangerous and, more importantly, it is wrong. It has no place in our politics.

Biden also framed the Texas killings by blaming gun rights supporters, Trump said. “Whenever a disturbed or demented person commits such a heinous crime, there is always a preposterous effort by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own extreme political agenda. Even more repugnant is their willingness to lay the blame on the bad guys who commit acts of mass violence and to lay that blame on the shoulders of millions of peaceful, law-abiding citizens who belong to organizations such as our wonderful NRA.

Trump intervenes in Texas school shooting — RT World News

Trump called Uvalde a shot “a savage and barbaric atrocity that shocks the conscience of every American.” He read the names of each victim while he called “a beautiful moment of silence for something that should never have even been thought of, let alone happened.”

Since the Columbine High School shootings – a 1999 massacre in Colorado that left 13 people dead – America has been plagued by “a contagion of school shootings perpetrated by deeply evil, violent and mentally disturbed young men”, said Trump. He called for measures that would actually help prevent such violence, such as strengthening mental health services and an effective response to the red flags that are usually raised before mass shootings.

“We need to radically change our approach to mental health,” said Trump. “There are always so many warning signs. Almost all of these disfigured spirits share the same profile.

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Trump saved his harshest words for the Uvalde shooter, who was identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos and who was killed by police on Tuesday. “The monster that committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hatred, absolute pure hatred. And while those he slew are now with God in Heaven, he will be eternally condemned to burn in the fires of hell.


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