On Monday, without any prior notice to reporters, President Donald Trump called Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. to congratulate him on intervening to save dozens more people from being killed in the deadly Nashville shooting that killed four, the White House announced.
Fox New reports that Trump and Shaw talked on Monday morning, according to White House spokesman Raj Shah. But there’s no word on how the conversation went or if Shaw has been invited to the White House for a photo opportunity or to be awarded a medal.
I mean, he is a hero.
He started the fundraiser to benefit the families of DeEbony Groves, Akilah DaSilva, Taurean Sanderlin, and Joe Perez. Shaw, who was grazed by a bullet from the gun, managed to tackle shooter Travis Reinking as he was reloading and tossed the rifle over the counter.
Reinking escaped from the restaurant and was eventually caught following a more than 36-hour manhunt.
A separate GoFundMe account was launched by journalist Yashar Ali for Shaw and his daughter, which is also nearing $200,000. Shaw has been showered with praise over the last week from nearly all corners of the globe, except from the White House.
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Shaw said on his Facebook page that these shootings will not stop and—much to the chagrin of the NRA—will use his new-found fame to be an advocate for common sense gun laws.
“I’m using this platform not only for the families that lost people and the other wounded victims,” Shaw says in the post, “but also for future incidents, education young men and women about…gun violence.”
Shaw also got kudos from Ellen DeGeneres, Dwyane Wade, and his alma mater Tennessee State University, all before the President decided to call as an afterthought.
He is also adding his voice to the Parkland activists and recently shared photos of their meeting.
Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy pic.twitter.com/DLPJ01K8e2
— James Shaw Jr. (@JamesShawJr9) May 12, 2018