Trump Praises Himself In Parkland Anniversary Message

The Washington Post reports:

In the days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, President Trump expressed support for universal background checks and raising the age to buy an assault weapon to 21. He even seemed to entertain a ban on assault weapons.

A year later, on the anniversary of that wrenching tragedy, when 14 students and three faculty members lost their lives in Parkland, Fla., the White House released a lengthy statement from Trump offering his condolences and listing the ways his administration had “made tremendous strides” in protecting students from school violence.

Missing from that list is anything to address gun violence, except for his administration’s ban on bump stocks. The only direct reference to gun violence comes at the end of his statement: “Melania and I join all Americans in praying for the continued healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where lives have been lost to gun violence.”

As you may recall, in the days after the shooting Trump accused the FBI of being too busy “harassing” him with the Russia investigation to have prevented Nikolas Cruz’s lethal rampage. See his full statement here.