Outrage after Donald Trump golfs while funerals are held for school shooting victims

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While Florida parents were prepping to bury their children, who killed in a gruesome Florida high school shooting, President Donald Trump was reportedly teeing off just miles away.

While White House officials have not confirmed whether Trump was golfing they did say that he avoided playing over the weekend as a mark of respect for the victims.

Last Friday, Donald Trump sparked critism after meeting with shooting victims and taking photographs with the police officers and medical staff with a broad smile and a tasteless thumb’s up pose.

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In a marked departure from his predecessor there is not indication that Donald Trump plans to attend any of the funerals for the 17 victims who were gunned down by Nikolas Cruz last week. President Obama notably attended the services for those killed in mass shootings, including the funeral of the nine church-goers gunned down by white supremacist Dylann Roof at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, SC.

A new generation takes on gun control

On President’s Day, several teenagers staged a protest to call for better gun reform in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week.

A group called Teens for Gun Reform had asked for 17 volunteers to lie down outside the White House for three minutes, the amount of time that Nikolas Cruz spent shooting at students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But while they had originally asked for 17 people to represent the 17 people killed in the shooting, over a hundred people responded to the call for action.

“The two of us have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the tragic school shooting in Florida last week,” Eleanor Nuechterlein and Whitney Bowen, the teen organizers, said in a statement, according to CNN. “We call on our national and state legislatures to finally act responsibly and reduce the number of these tragic incidents. It’s essential that we all feel safe in our classrooms.”

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Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat from Virginia, attended the event and noted how impressed he was that young people are leading the political charge in the wake the deadly rampage by Nikolas Cruz.

“I was very proud of them,” Beyer said. “The ground was cold and wet. This is a holiday. But, yeah, they’re being politically active.”

“Historically, it’s the old people that participate in the elections and do all the volunteering, so this was great. And hopefully it portends a sea change in our attitude toward gun safety legislation.”

Across the country students are stepping to the forefront of the gun control debate by scheduling school walkouts and a march in Washington.

The Women’s March EMPOWER branch will kick things off with a call for “students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies” to take part in a walkout on March 14. Those participating are encouraged to walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes (one minute for each life lost in the massacre), according to NBC News.

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