Young survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida have announced a national march on Washington to demand political action on gun control.
Student organisers told US media that they were determined to make Wednesday’s shooting a turning point in the national gun debate.
The attack, which left 17 students and staff members dead, was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.
Yesterday protestors chanted “shame on you” to US lawmakers and the president.
Mr Trump said last year he would “never” infringe on the right to keep arms – a long-running and contested debate within the US.
In his first public comments on the gun control issue since the attack, Mr Trump blamed the Democrats for not passing legislation when they controlled Congress during the early years of Barack Obama’s administration.
He also rebuked the FBI for missing signals before Wednesday’s school shooting, after the organisation admitted it had failed to act on a tip-off about the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz.
But let’s face facts. It will have not the slightest effect on the Republicans who control Congress. Nothing will change. There will be no gun control whilst Republicans are in office being financed by the National Rifle Association, which doesn’t give a fig about how many children and students are sacrificed on the altar of gun worship. Those who run the NRA are probably masturbating to videos of the carnage.
Historically, every mass shooting has lead to a loosening of gun controls, to make mass shootings ever easier. This has never troubled Republicans, and never will, because those bastards have no shame at all. They love guns and despise those shot by them.
So march on. It will have no effect against Republican intransigence. It might make you feel better for a moment, but as long as Republicans remain in control of Congress, that’s all it will ever do.