With so many school shootings happening lately and right around graduation time, it must be so hard to celebrate the next chapter in life when others are either dead or mourning the death of a loved one.
Two recent school shootings, which occurred within a week of each other, proved to be particularly emotional for the country after it was revealed two students from the different events felt as if they had to step in and stop the shooter. Both students ultimately were murdered because of their bravery.
A high school graduate honored shooting victims by having their names displayed through a QR code on her cap.
Gina Warren used her graduate cap as an opportunity to inform guests about school shooting victims that didn’t get the chance to walk on stage and get their diploma.
The 18-year-old teen from Ohio put the names of high school students who died beginning from the shooting at Columbine in 1999 up to last week’s shooting in Colorado that had Kendrick Castillo as the latest victim.
Since there are so many high school victims, Warren used a QR code so people could scan it and read the list in its entirety.
“I wanted to make something just as powerful as a statement, but rather than direct it to lawmakers or the NRA, I wanted to direct it to everyone who will see it,” Warren told BuzzFeed News.
She added that she didn’t include high school victims that were shot in movie theaters or at church. There are just too many victims to include.
She said her cap isn’t meant to be political but more so a statement on our country’s major gun issues.
“I hope anyone who sees how many names there are would think there is a problem,” she told the news site. “I’m not telling you how you should vote or what you should think — I’m telling you there’s a problem,” Warren said. “Whatever you think could make our country safer, you need to have a voice about it.”
First, the Latino community was gunned down in a terror attack at an El Paso Walmart. The terrorist was an alleged White Nationalist who decried the “Hispanic invasion” of Texas, echoing the exact words used by our president and, to be fair, many other Republican politicians.
But now, it’s also been reported that undocumented victims of the attack refused to seek medical care for fear that they may be deported. Not only was our community attacked but the country’s anti-Latino rhetoric is putting lives at an even greater risk.
CNN first reported that some victims of the attack were too afraid to go to hospitals and medical centers thinking they could be deported.
On CNN, for example, the former assistant secretary of Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem noted that according to authorities, it was “clear that there are people who are not reunifying with their family, and there are people they’re worried did not go to hospitals because of their immigration status.”
MSNBC also tweeted that “Hope Border Institute is asking to spread word to reach out to them if you, or someone you know, are a migrant and afraid to come forward in relation to the El Paso mass shooting attack, such as being injured or trying to find family members.”
The Hope Border Institute tweeted support for the community and assured them not to be afraid to seek medical care.
The organization stepped up to help undocumented community when our own government wasn’t saying a word. In their tweet, the organization said: “If you are afraid to contact the authorities regarding the shooting because of your immigration status, please contact Hope Border Institute, and we will help you.”
Many couldn’t believe that something like that even had to be shared.
When people have been harassed and targets of hateful rhetoric and then victims of a terror attack, the last thing they should be worrying about is their legal status. There’s no confirmation if any of the victims who were too afraid to seek medical care have died but just the idea that it was possible, was enough to piss off a lot of people on social media.
Perhaps realizing that people could be dying out of fear of deportation, Border Patrol released a statement.
The West Texas wing of U.S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted: “We are not conducting enforcement operations at area hospitals, the family reunification center or shelters. We stand in support of our community.”
Still, the episode offers a glimpse into what it’s like to live with the persistent burden of being undocumented in America: Not only does it inject a steady hum of anxiety into daily life thanks to discrimination and fear of deportation, but it also severely limits people’s access to resources in times of crisis.
The tweet from CBP made a lot of people on social media very angry and many called our the agency.
I mean, a federal law enforcement agency shouldn’t have to reassure people who were just victims of a terror attack that they won’t face arrest and detention for going to the hospital.
Nearly two full days (and a second mass shooting) after the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Trump held a press conference to finally address the two recent tragedies that have shaken the US.
For Trump, it was an opportunity to condemn White Nationalism and to offer up solutions on how he as president will better protect the country from this rising threat. Trump did both of those, kind of, but he also took the opportunity to lay the blame for the spread of racism and hate on everything and everyone other than himself.
After what seemed like an eternity to many people this weekend, Trump finally held a press conference to discuss the tragedies from this weekend.
Two days after the first bullets were fired in El Paso, TX, the president finally held a press conference to speak about the double terror attacks that have shaken the country. In his press conference, Trump surprisingly condemned White Nationalism in very strong words and told the country that “hate has no place in America.”
For Trump, the ideal way of getting gun control laws passed was to tie to the very same views the shooter in El Paso espoused – stricter immigration laws.
Trump on Monday said that he supported a move to strengthen background checks in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and he suggested tying such legislation to immigration reform.
During his press conference, Trump also referenced the wrong Ohio city when making his remarks about Dayton.
Of course #ToledoMassacre started trending on Twitter freaking many people out that there had in fact been another shooting. Thankfully, TOledo was safe, the president had just made a big mistake.
This man lost two of his cousins in the Dayton shooting and he is demanding action from Donald Trump.
Many of the victim’s families and friends have made direct, personal pleas with the president begging him to step up as a leader and demand effective gun control measures.
Some were already anticipating Trump’s press conference and had a few expectations -– including Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX).
Although a few reporters asked the president these exact questions, Trump dodged them with vague answers. Although Trump did suggest getting behind existing Republican-approved gun control measures, he didn’t outline any specifics and refused to make any serious commitments.
Many on social media were disgusted by how long it took Trump to offer more than hurried and inauthentic tweets to the victims.
Over the weekend, as the massacres took place, Trump was in New Jersey at his golf resort. Despite sending two tweets, the president continued his rounds of golf and even dropped in on a wedding.
Others couldn’t help but compare the likely reaction of former President Obama against Trump’s delayed response.
Many found themselves reminiscing about the leadership we saw under Obama. Within hours of the Sandy Hook massacre, the President had delivered an address to a shaken nation and developed a comprehensive gun reform package. Obviously that package never made it into law and Obama has cited that as one of the greatest regrets of his presidency.
For many, Trump blaming everything and everyone else for the rise of White Nationalism was infuriating.
Although Trump did finally condemn white nationalism and, used very strong terms to do so, He also made up excuses for basically every domestic terrorist possible.
At this conference this morning, Trump said “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”
But he also laid the blame on mental illness and video games – both of which have been debunked my several studies and mental health organizations. He also continued placing blame on the “fake news media” and even on social media.
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