Students have ‘nothing to worry about’ after mass shootings
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday assured students going back to school that they “have nothing to worry about,” as the nation continues to reel after numerous mass shootings over the weekend and increased false alarms and paranoia of the next shooting.
While speaking with reporters outside the White House, Trump was asked what his message is to students who are nervous about going back to school as the new school year starts.
“Go and really study hard and someday you’ll grow up and maybe be president of the United States or do something else that’s fantastic,” Trump said. “They have nothing to fear, they have nothing to worry about.”
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CNN reported in July that there had to that point been 22 shootings involving U.S. schools where “someone was hurt or killed” this year.
Over the weekend there were back-to-back shootings, with one specifically targeting Latinos.
At least 22 people have died as a result of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Authorities have linked the alleged shooter to a manifesto that had anti-immigrant and anti-Latino ideologies.
Less than 24 hours later, a mass shooting happened in Dayton, Ohio, where nine people died as a result.
The gun violence didn’t end there.
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Fifty-nine people were also shot in Chicago over the weekend, including seven fatally in mostly poor, black neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides.
Trump has said he is looking into expanding gun background checks as a result of the tragedies, but that the National Rifle Association and other gun groups will give input on the legislation.
There have been over 250 mass shootings this year alone.
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