Former President Donald Trump will on Friday call for the arming of “law-abiding” Americans in response to Tuesday’s “evil” mass murder of 21 people at an elementary school.
Trump’s Houston speech to a National Rifle Association convention — in the same state as the Uvalde massacre — will also see a boost in funding for mental health programs and efforts to “bolster” school safety, according to excerpts shared with The Post support financially.
“Every precious young soul taken is an unbelievable loss – stolen from us by a malice no words can describe,” Trump will say, according to excerpts released by his team.
“While we don’t yet know enough about this week’s killings, we do know that we have many things to do. We need to drastically change the way we approach mental health. There are always so many warning signs.”
Trump will say that “rather than apologizing and constantly turning a blind eye, our school discipline system needs to tackle bad behavior head-on.”
“We also need to address the issue of broken families – because no law can heal the effects of a broken home. There is no substitute for a strong mother and a great father,” the ex-president’s prepared remarks continue.
“We must all unite, Republicans and Democrats — in every state and at every level of government — to finally strengthen our schools and protect our children.” What we need now is a major safety overhaul in schools across the country.”
Salvador Ramos, 18, used a legally purchased AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle to carry out the massacre, authorities said. Before driving to school, he shot his grandmother, with whom he lived, although she survived.
Some conservative commentators stressed that Ramos’ parents were no longer in a relationship and that he was reportedly having a bad relationship with his mother, who was reported to be a drug abuser.
In his speech, Trump will also reiterate his emphasis on “America focus,” working in one fell swoop on the $40 billion Congress recently approved to help Ukraine repel Russia’s three-month invasion.
“If the United States has $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to protect our children at home,” Trump will say. “We spent trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan and got nothing in return. Before we make the rest of the world a nation, we should build safe schools for our own children in our own nation.”
Trump, speaking after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who attended the convention, and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), who delivered pre-taped remarks, will also push defiantly to protect the rights of gun owners .
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“The existence of evil in our world is no reason to disarm law-abiding citizens – the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens,” explains the prepared copy of his speech.
“The very same Democrat politicians who fomented riots over a single police killing two years ago are deaf to their own radical politics in the face of the mounting death toll – but we must not be. Major city mayors like Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot, Washington’s Muriel Bowser, and Philadelphia’s Jim Kenney watch the slaughter every day and do nothing. But we must act.”
It’s unclear whether Trump will endorse gun control measures in his remarks — as he did during his presidency.
In remarks ahead of the NRA event, Cruz and Abbott railed against efforts to curb gun ownership.
Cruz claimed it was time to “analyze the cultural sickness that breeds unspeakable acts of evil” — noting as possible contributors “declining church attendance,” “broken families,” “social media bullying,” social isolation, ” violent online content”. and video games.
Abbott suggested that laws to curb massacres might not work because “laws don’t stop the killer.”
“In Uvalde, the shooter committed a felony under Texas law before he even pulled the trigger,” Abbott said. “It is a criminal offense to possess a firearm on school property. But that didn’t stop him. And what he did on campus is capital murder. That’s a crime that would have sentenced him to death in Texas.”
As President, Trump angered gun rights advocates in 2018 by expressing his willingness to act in response to the killing of 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who was using a legally acquired AR. carry out reforms. 15 style rifle.
Trump advocated a higher age limit for AR-15 rifles, background checks on private gun sales, and reforms so police “take guns first and then go through due process” to reduce the risk of people with mental illness.
“I like to take up arms early,” Trump said at the time. “Like the case of this weirdo that just happened in Florida. He had many firearms; they have seen everything. Going to court would have taken a long time. You could do exactly as you say, but take up arms first and then go through due process.”
Later that year, the Trump administration banned “bump stocks,” which speed up the firing rate of semi-automatic rifles, in response to that tool’s role in the 2017 killing of 60 people at a Las Vegas concert.
Congressional Democrats rallied to pass new gun laws in response to Uvalde schooling, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that Republicans are open to a bipartisan bill who “directly” addresses the issues surrounding the Texas shooting.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) mentioned Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that she supports legislation to raise the age limit for AR-15. She noted that 18- to 21-year-old adults cannot legally buy beer.
The Uvalde shooting followed the May 14 killing of 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store. The 18-year-old suspect in that crime, Payton Gendron, also used a legally obtained AR-15 rifle after posting a white supremacist manifesto online.
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