Another massacre

Redacción Agencias | 10/5/2017, 8:38 a.m.
Another massacre
El hombre que atacó a la multitud tenía 10 armas automáticas en su poder | Foto Cortesía

Legislators marched down the steps of the Capitol linking arms to pressure Republicans to vote on gun control legislation when the House is back in session. At the same time the president is flying to Nevada to pay a visit to the victims of the greatest mass killing in U.S. history. After his inauspicious visit to Puerto Rico where he managed to sound condescending and supremely self involved, Donald Trump headed to Las Vegas on Wednesday. In Puerto Rico, the president doled out paper towels acting like Santa Claus. His visit was judged to be a public relations stunt that lasted 17 minutes and did little to improve the situation of 3.5 million Puerto Ricans. Trump just bragged about the work of his people. Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz who had previously complained about the pace of federal aid to the island said that Trump’s quick trip was a fiasco. “He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico,” said the mayor. She also said that his actions were contrary to the spirit of the American people. What will he say about the massacre in Las Vegas? 59 people including the shooter were killed while attending a concert in front of the Mandalay Hotel, and the number of victims may increase because there are more than 500 wounded, and many of them in critical condition. Each time our legislators have failed to enact legislation that could prevent many of these attacks where the shooters use automatic weapons. The president said “this is a very sad day.” But the true sadness is for the relatives of the dozens killed in Las Vegas. Cruz called him the “miscommunication in chief,” and we must worry about what clumsy language he will use in Las Vegas that might increase the suffering instead of giving comfort.

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