In the wake of two back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend of August 2, President Donald Trump has spoken out about the problems facing America. While the president was willing to condemn “racist hate,” white supremacy, and other issues that have been at the heart of the recent surge of violence across the country, he did not offer up any real solutions to the problem.
Instead, it seems that President Trump believes that not only is mental health issues a problem that must be addressed, but also video games and social media. According to “The New York Times,” much like other Republicans before him, the president has blamed the problem on the “the perils of the internet and social media,” as well as the violence that can be found in many video games.
However, while he may have fallen back on the time honored blame game, using video games and social media as a scapegoat for what many believe to be the real issue, that does not mean that Trump was not willing to also make bold statements against hatred and bigotry. In his speech addressing the mass shootings of the weekend, the president made it clear that, “In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”
As Fox News reported, President Trump also seemed interested in possibly working on gun reform, although it seems that his goal is to opt for what is known as “red flag laws,” which would take guns away from people who have been deemed to be a “public risk.” For some, his words are not enough, as they not only want to see action, but they want actual gun reform laws.
While President Trump may not have offered up any real solutions for the violence facing the country, there is some hope that by condemning white supremacy and racism, it might be the first step in larger changes. Of course, with at least 31 people having been killed in a span of just 24 hours, words are simply not enough at this time, even if they come from Trump himself.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
The New York Times – Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Doesn’t Propose Gun Laws After Shootings
Fox News – Trump condemns ‘white supremacy,’ calls for mental health and gun reforms after double mass shootings
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