Readers–It has happened again, last week Friday morning(4.18) I was in the midst of completing my Commentary for this Issue, when the Television station interrupted to announce that there was another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
–Nine students and one teacher were killed, while ten students were seriously injured.
President Trump did the usual thing–offering his sympathy, prayers and promises of Governmental action(s)…His opponents were quick to criticize those verbal and tweeting patterns which are hardly followed up with positive Legislative initiatives.
He burst into a first period Art class around 7.30 a.m. armed with his father’s Remington shot gun and a 38 caliber revolver….
Pagourtzis first picked off students who tried to escape through a class room door, then he turned his sights on a supply closet where other classmates were hiding.
The shooting came just three months after a former student fatally shot 17 persons at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida.
A FEW REACTIONS
Most of the students who were interviewed by the Media, observed that they were busy with preparations for their end of school year activities, when the shootings occurred; and now they had to turn their attention from celebrations to mourning(s) and burials….the Santa Fe High school is due to close on May 31st.
–Some students indicated that they were being increasingly attracted to home schooling
The Editorial went on”It’s a sadly familiar story, so is the repeated failure that Trump made yet again Friday to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and others…In the absence of strong Presidential leadership, a reflectively timid Congress has sat on its hands and done nothing.”
** Governor Andrew Cuomo said”President Trump, you were elected to lead, do something…Your first responsibility is to the people of this country, not the NRA–do something.”
For example, Texas’ Lieutenant Governor–Dan Patrick instead of calling for fewer guns, called for fewer doors at Texas’ schools.
–On the other hand, in coming President of the NRA–Oliver North disclosed that the Association was aware of those threats, and was going to finance a multi-million membership-drive in time for November’s mid-term elections.
In spite of the campaigns,
It has happened again.
More high school shootings
More student killings
More politicians’ outpourings
But no concrete offerings
to reduce guns’ acquisitions
and use of the weapons.