Is President Trump serious about combating gun violence?
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Is President Trump serious about combating gun violence?

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After the Parkland school shooting, President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos set up a federal commission on school safety. But with the latest school shooting at Texas' Santa Fe High School, many are asking if Trump is actually serious about combatting gun violence. Trump insists he's not afraid of the NRA like most politicians, but critics think Trump is bought and paid for by the NRA just like everyone else. What do you think?

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The school shooting at Santa Fe High School has left 10 dead and several others injured.

Nine students and a teacher were killed Friday morning in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe. It's the 22nd school shooting in the US in 2018. 

President Trump offered his condolences. 

Trump has focused on mental health as the main cause of gun violence.

I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.

Republicans and gun rights advocates have consistently claimed mental health―not access to firearms―is "the critical ingredient" in mass shootings in America. Law abiding gun owners should not be punished for the actions of a deranged few. Focusing on firearms rather than the motivating factors that would lead an individual to commit a heinous act of violence is not productive.

Trump established a federal commission on school safety in March specifically tasked with preventing incidents like Parkland from happening again. He also told reporters he's committed to keeping weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. Clearly he's taking this problem seriously. 

"My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others," Trump told reporters. "Everyone must work together, at every level of government, to keep our children safe."

But some pointed out that Trump and his commission haven't actually done anything since the last major school shooting in Florida. According to VICE:

In March, President Trump gave the commission a laundry list of items to consider, including age restrictions for certain firearm purchases, how journalists cover mass shootings, violence in video games, access to mental health treatment, building security, and Obama-era guidance on school discipline.
In the meantime, there have been 10 school shootings since the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland that left 17 people dead, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. Friday’s shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, which left at least eight people dead, was the 16th this year.

Trump seems to be all talk and no action when it comes to combatting gun violence. 

Like every other Republican politician, the NRA owns Trump.

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