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US Head of state insists on checking mental health of gun owners

Trump avoided the topic of gun control in a televised address

US Head of state insists on checking mental health of gun owners

Trump avoided the topic of gun control in a televised address

16 February 2018 Friday 13:00
US Head of state insists on checking mental health of gun owners

By Azania Post Reporter

US President Donald Trump has suggested checking mental health of people involved in gun attacks instead of taking their weapon by force.

Reuters reported that on Thursday, Trump avoided the topic of gun control in a televised address, hardly a day after 17 adults and students were cruelly killed at a Florida high school by a lone gunman with an AR-15 rifle.

The US head of state instead insisted on the suspect's mental health while expressing condolences to those affected by the senseless tragedy, telling them "your suffering is our burden also".

"No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school," he said. "We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health."

Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

He was arrested by police without incident shortly after he allegedly fled the scene.

Cruz made his first court appearance yesterday afternoon and was ordered to be held without bond.

After opening fire in five classrooms, Cruz left his rifle and backpack and fled in a bid to conceal himself among fleeing students. He went to a nearby Wal-Mart and purchased a drink at a Subway restaurant before walking to a McDonald's, Israel said.

Azania Post

Updated: 16.02.2018 22:43
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