Donald Trump’s legacy as the massacre president continues to grow in the wake of a new school shooting in Texas that left at least eight people dead most of whom were students. Trump, under the thumb of the National Rifle Association (NRA), has failed to act to curb gun violence.
Gunfire at Santa Fe High School follows by three months a high school massacre in Parkland, Fla. In all, 17 students and staff members were killed there.
Harris County and Galveston County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. They were joined by Texas Department of Public Safety officers and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives according to media reports.
A number of explosive devices have been found by police both on and off campus.
Trump offered his usual “condolences” and nothing more.
“This business has been going on for too long in our country,” Trump said. “We grieve for the terrible loss of life.”
In the wake the Parkland shooting, Trump backed off promises to curb gun violence after pressure from the NRA. He recently spoke before the group’s convention, which, ironically, banned the possession of guns.
IM reported just three months ago that the number of mass shootings since his election is the highest in a decade. His administration is on a pace to become one of the bloodiest in modern political history.
The latest shooting proved that state’s with the least restrictive gun laws are particularly vulnerable to mass shootings. Texas gun laws are particularly lax.
Texas has no laws regarding possession of any firearm regardless of age. Barring a felony conviction, all existing restrictions there are no other restrictions.
One of the suspected Santa Fe High School shooters is a 17-year-old male, police said.
Texas residents can openly carry a handgun in a hip or shoulder holster. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the open carry bill into law in June 2016, allowing anyone with a concealed-handgun license to carry a loaded weapon in public.
Nearly a quarter million school children have been exposed to gun violence in schools since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, according to a Washington Post analysis.
In 2018, there have already been 16 shootings, the highest number at this point during any year since 1999, according to The Post.
Trump promised during the campaign to make America safe from gun violence, but his legacy so far is just the opposite.