Shaelyn Gisler,4, prepares to leave flowers on crosses named for the victims outside the First Baptist Church, which was the scene of the mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 9, 2017. Willeford shot suspect Devin Patrick Kelley, a gunman wearing all black armed with an assault rifle that opened fire on a small-town Texas church during Sunday morning services, on November 5, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more in the last mass shooting to shock the United States. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Nov. 10, 2017: The Oxford dictionary defines “terror” as “extreme fear, dread, horror, fear and trembling, fright, alarm, panic.” All of the above undoubtedly described the range of the emotions felt by the victims of yet another gun massacre in America – the Texas shooting of Nov. 5, 2017 – as well as the relatives, friends and most Americans who have to now pick up the pieces of their lives and hearts.
Just over a month after the Las Vegas slaughter of 58, another white American gun owner has slaughtered 26 innocent men, women and children in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This brings to three hundred and seventeen – that’s 317, the number of mass shootings in the USA so far this year.
In both recent mass murders, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, did not jump on Twitter to decry the terror or the instrument in the hands of wrong people that caused the carnage.
He did not call for gun law changes or denounce Republicans for not passing any in the recent weeks since the Vegas killing spree. He did not denounce the Christian killers or call for a systematic change to ending guns getting into the wrong hands.
There were no hissy fits; no blame game; no hate-filled diatribe or jumping to conclusions before investigators had even pieced together the facts of the case; no name calling of the mad man who committed the senseless act.
Instead, he tweeted Sunday: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan. And then later “… Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms and through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong…”
By contrast, when a man we later learned was an Uzbekistan immigrant drove a truck up a New York City bike path and killed 8 in New York City, @RealDonaldTrump’s Twitter fingers could not stop working.
Immediately after the Halloween attack on Oct. 31 2017, he took to Twitter to tweet: “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”
Followed quickly before any announcement on whether it was a terror attack or not by: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
Hours later he tweeted: “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”
And at 4:24 a.m. on Nov. 1st. came this ‘beauty’: “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.”
The tweets kept on coming. Later that day he expanded his right wing immediate immigration reform calls, tweeting: “CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!” followed by: “The United States will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures. The safety of our citizens comes first!”
By Nov. 2nd, even after the accused terror suspect was indicted in NY federal court, El ‘Blowhard’ Trumpeto was not done. No; he had turned judge, jury and executioner tweeting: “…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”
No such pronouncements came down on lax gun laws Sunday or on the weapon of choice for these home grown mad men intent on reigning down terror and killing as many as possible without cause – the AR-15.
Not a peep from The Donald or the Right Wing, or the NRA and its well paid lobbyists. Instead all talked on that shattered Sunday about prayers and standing strong as the hypocrisy reigned on and the money changers lived on in the ‘temple’ of America and Jesus wept!