'Oh God, Now Trump Wants a Witch Hunt Against Anyone Who Shows Signs of Mental Illness'
President Trump clearly watched "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning. The Fox News morning show, a regular part of the president's daily media diet, focused on "warning signs" of the Florida teen charged with slaughtering 17 people at Parkland High School Wednesday afternoon.
After the Florida school shooting, some students say they weren’t surprised since the suspect posted “disturbing” images online. Were the warning signs ignored? pic.twitter.com/nelset5pmz— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 15, 2018
In response, President Trump tweeted: "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"
The president's tweet was far from comforting for many. In fact, it has left many worrying Trump wants a "witch hunt":
Oh God, now Trump wants a witch hunt against anyone who shows signs of mental illness.— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) February 15, 2018
The problem is guns. And the problem is politicians who'd rather turn us all against each other than take even modest steps to protect our safety. https://t.co/ntRIN6wfvO
Trump’s solution for gun violence is for students to report each other to authorities for erratic behavior? Hmmm, now that sounds like it might create a modern day… witch hunt?? Trump is unfit to lead our country and I am reporting him for erratic behavior.— John Dachshund (@JohnDachshund) February 15, 2018
Love it when the boss starts the day calling for a nationwide Mental Health Witch Hunt. https://t.co/zwdqV0KLgQ— Trump Aide (@trumpaide) February 15, 2018
Mental illness doesn’t turn all sufferers into killers. What next a witch hunt against those who don’t conform to your definition of ‘normal’? #GunControlNow would help your problem but you’d rather have support from the #NRA than safety #FloridaShooting— JaneV (@mulberryjane) February 15, 2018
Some say he is blaming the teen's family, former classmates, and neighbors:
It appears the President is laying the blame on the classmates of the Florida school shooter, as well as his neighbours https://t.co/3TXhGxaGjF— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) February 15, 2018
Trump blames everyone except the gun makers and our own weak gun laws. He's blaming the peers of Nikolas Cruz instead. Just like he won't rightly blame Putin for election hacking. There's a pattern here. #GunReformNow https://t.co/iNJEBeOPLX— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) February 15, 2018
And others noted what Trump is calling for would not have changed anything under current gun laws, especialy in part because of changes Trump himself made:
trump rolled back Obama regulations preventing the mentally ill from owning guns https://t.co/XBSPucb4TG— Jeff Lewis (@ChicagoPhotoSho) February 15, 2018
I don’t understand how any of this would have actually stopped the massacre. If it’s your belief that literally anyone should be allowed to buy a gun AND that a crime isn’t being committed until the first bullet is fired, how does this help stop anything? pic.twitter.com/EH5cHLdV3k— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 15, 2018
Didn't the Trump/GOP just alter a gun bill to ALLOW the mentally ill to purchase guns?— Barb DeLion (@Barbdirect) February 15, 2018
And why are Floridas gun laws so loose that it almost invites this kind of slaughter? https://t.co/OXKwnosdgo