President Trump supplied few solutions and principally platitudes after a 7-year-old South Carolina woman requested him what he plans to do to stop lethal gun violence at American colleges.
The woman, Ava Olsen, wrote a letter to the President on Aug. 23, detailing in heartbreaking element how she witnessed her finest good friend, 6-year-old Jacob Corridor, get shot to loss of life at their college in Townville, S.C.
“Pricey Mr. President,” Ava, now eight, wrote in cautious block letters, explaining that she had survived a capturing on the Townville Elementary College on Sept. 28, 2016. “I heard and noticed all of it occur and I used to be very scared. My finest good friend, Jacob, was shot and died. That made me very unhappy. I liked him and was going to marry him sooner or later. I hate weapons. One ruined my life and took my finest good friend.”
Ava’s letter, obtained and printed by the Washington Publish, continued, “Are you going to maintain children protected?”
“Please,” Ava ended the letter, “maintain children protected from weapons.”
The then-14-year-old gunman who ruined Ava’s life, Jesse Osborne, will study this month whether or not prosecutors will strive him as an grownup. Osborne repeatedly screamed “I hate my life” as he fired a number of photographs right into a crowd of scholars on recess, killing little Jacob and wounding two different college students and a instructor. Earlier than opening hearth on the college, Osborne had shot his father to loss of life at their close by household dwelling.
A couple of days earlier than Christmas, President Trump responded to Ava’s letter, commending her for being “very courageous.”
“Mrs. Trump and I are so sorry to listen to of the lack of your good friend, Jacob,” Trump wrote within the signed Dec. 19 letter, additionally obtained and printed by the Washington Publish. “Our prayers are with you, your loved ones, your college, and Jacob’s household.”
Trump’s three paragraph letter said that colleges “must be freed from worry.”
“It’s my objective as President to ensure that youngsters in America develop up in protected environments, giving them the very best alternative to understand their full potential,” Trump wrote. “I’ll proceed to give attention to defending People and enhancing the security of our Nation.”
However regardless of Trump’s pledges, his letter supplied nothing when it comes to tangible proposals — and Ava apparently picked up on that.
She wrote a second letter to Trump, itemizing various concepts that she argued might stop college massacres, corresponding to constructing designated hiding locations inside colleges and setting up round college buildings, inserting playgrounds within the center.
“In case you have the time, I’ve some concepts to assist maintain children and colleges protected,” Ava wrote. “Generally individuals who reside by means of a faculty capturing have higher concepts.”
As of Monday afternoon, Trump had not responded to Ava’s second letter. White Home spokespeople didn’t return requests for remark from the Each day Information.
The Nationwide Rifle Affiliation endorsed Trump in the course of the marketing campaign. In return for the endorsement, Trump pledged throughout an NRA conference speech that he would eliminate “gun-free zones” and put a cease to the “eight-year assault in your Second Modification freedoms.”
Echoing NRA speaking factors, the Trump administration has continued to blast college shootings as “unacceptable,” however put forth no proactive plans on the way to truly finish them.
In the meantime, there had already been 14 college shootings this 12 months alone as of Feb. 1. That interprets to virtually one college capturing each two days.