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Florida school shooting: Trump tweet points finger at mental health, silent on gun control

Florida school shooting: Trump tweet points finger at mental health, silent on gun control
From Global News - February 15, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trumptook to Twitter in the wakeof a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday that left 17 students deadand made no mention of growing calls for reform to gun control laws.Instead, he suggested neighbours and classmates should have reported the suspect to police sooner.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

According to comments made byBroward County Sheriff Scott Israel to American media, the alleged shooter had an online presence with what he described as very, very disturbing content.

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Multiple reportsincluding one from the New York Timesstate Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and that some students who had known him described Cruz as a troubled kid who bragged about killing animals. They said he showed off his guns and that his mother had in the past tried calling police to have them intervene in his behaviour.

The shooting marked the 18th school shooting of the yearand is one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern American history.

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Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy gave a powerful speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate while police were hunting for the shooter, saying that those who refuse to act to implement reforms to gun control laws are responsible for such tragedies.

This epidemic of mass slaughter. This scourge of school shooting after school shooting. It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction, he said.

We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.

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