A teacher from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, said Friday she’s incredibly disappointed by President Trump’s attempt to blame the mass shooting which left 17 people dead on mental illness instead of guns.
Appearing on CNN, Diane Wolk-Rogers told host Anderson Cooper:
“Going around, calling people who are mentally ill in our community psychos and lunatics, that’s not going to solve the problem. That actually creates barriers so that people that would want to seek that help aren’t going to get it.”
Wolk-Rogers also noted that both Trump and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch were guilty of trying to divert attention away from the danger guns pose to safety of schoolchildren:
“So for doing that, I want to give Mr. Trump and Dana a detention. And normally that is name calling and I give my students one-week detention for name calling. But because 25 percent of the Americans at some time are going to have mental health issues, I am going to make it two weeks and I want them to come after school and write letters of apologies to the people of America.”
On Thursday, the president sent out a tweet in which he labeled Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz a “sicko” and suggested that teachers should be armed:
….If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there…problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
For her part, Loesch has called the Florida shooter “nuts.”
The language being used by the NRA and its political protectors in Washington is clearly designed to shift the debate from gun control to subjects which will not impact the gun lobby or gun manufacturers, both of whom annually give tens of millions of dollars in political contributions to Republicans.
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