Another mass shooting, more prayers, Trump flips

Mass shootings in the US seem to be about as common as violence in the Middle East, and are far more common and more dangerous than terrorism.

Paltry prayers have been offered, demands have been made again that something must be done, but President Trump is now up to a flip flop flip on doing something about rampant gun violence.

Reuters: Texas Shooting Suspect Had Message for Classmates: ‘You Will Pay,’ Witnesses Say

A 17-year-old student confessed to opening fire at his Texas high school on Friday, killing 10 people, and told investigators that he had spared certain students “so he could have his story told,” the authorities said.

A Galveston County Sheriff’s Office investigator wrote in an affidavit that Dimitrios Pagourtzis had waived his right to remain silent and had given “a statement admitting to shooting multiple people” at Santa Fe High School. The investigator, identified only as J. Roy, also wrote that Mr. Pagourtzis had said that “he did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told.”

Mr. Pagourtzis’s apparently well-planned assault in this rural community of about 13,000 people was the deadliest school shooting since February, when 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla. But investigators said that Mr. Pagourtzis had given no overt indications that he was planning a mass shooting.

“Unlike Parkland, unlike Sutherland Springs, there were not those types of warning signs,” Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said, referring to the Florida school attack and a siege at a church last November.

Mass shootings are awful, but not unfortunately not unusual in The United States of America.

The Gun Violence Archive statistics for the year so far, including the Santa Fe shooting.

  • Total number of incidents 21,938
  • Number of deaths 5,433
  • Number of injuries 9,877
  • Mass shootings 101

Horrific, and horrible that the US seems powerless to do anything substantial about the problem.

This compares to an estimated 512 terrorist attacks world wide with 2,692 deaths – see Terrorist Attacks.

President Trump has responded saying mass shootings have been ‘going on too long in our country’, but not long ago promised a National Rifleman’s Association rally that he would protect gun rights.

Politico: Trump says mass shootings have been ‘going on too long in our country’

The president says he is ‘determined’ to protect students after the latest school shooting leaves at least 10 dead.

President Donald Trump on Friday said mass shootings have been “going on too long in our country” and promised action after a Texas community was rocked by a school shooting that left at least 10 dead.

“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others,” Trump said, speaking at a White House event on Friday. “Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe.”

He indicated he would do something after the Parkland shooting in February.

Trump, who briefly alarmed gun-rights activists by suggesting aggressive measures after the February shooting in Parkland, Fla., did not specify what sort of actions his administration might take.

The usual thoughts and prayers:

At a prison reform event at the White House, Pence and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner voiced sympathies for the victims.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and we will make all federal resources available to first responders and school officials in the wake of this incident,” Pence said.

“I just want to send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Santa Fe,” Kushner added.

Trump, in remarks near the end of the prison reform event, offered a somber tone as he told those affected by the latest shooting that “we’re with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever.”

But he recently pandered to the NRA:

However, Trump returned to more strident language during the National Rifle Association’s annual convention earlier this month, telling attendees that their Second Amendment rights “will never, ever be under siege as long as I am your president.”

As lethal sieges at schools and other public places continue unabated in the US.