20 Years of Presidents Addressing Mass Shootings

1999: “We can prevent anything like this from happening again.” 2012: “These tragedies must end.” 2019: “Hate has no place in America.” U.S. presidents change, the killings continue.

Speeches by U.S. Presidents after mass shooting

President Trump addressed the nation in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, 7 years earlier, after the Sandy Hook school shooting that left 28 dead…These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change. “These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation and a crime against all of humanity. Hate has no place in America.” Trump laid out multiple steps for combatting mass shootings in the U.S., but they did not include any significant gun control action — meaning it's unlikely they'll see any support from congressional Democrats. Furthermore, he did not discuss his proposal on Twitter that morning, where he floated stronger background checks tied to immigration reform.

5 years before that, In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting that left 33 dead. President Obama - “I pledged that we would stand ready to help local law enforcement and the local community in any way we can during this time of sorrow.” at the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus of Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, that left 33 people dead, including the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States.

8 years before that, after the Columbine high school shooting that left 14 dead. President Clinton - “Perhaps now, America would wake up to the dimensions of this challenge and we can prevent anything like this from happening again.” The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting and attempted bombing that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, United States. The perpetrators, twelfth grade students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher.

President Trump and other elected Republicans have consistently cited cultural factors — both on the internet and in violent video games — as reasons for mass shootings. Studies indicate that there is no link between violent video games and mass shootings.


08/06/2019 4:48 PM
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  • Bernard J.
    08/06/2019 16:46

    No place of hate in america?..but you always hate obama...

  • Richard N.
    08/06/2019 16:46

    That's because no matter the legislation, it does not change the human heart.

  • Brut
    08/06/2019 16:56

    President Trump condemned white nationalism Monday in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso — but his consistent messaging on immigration as an “invasion” was echoed in the gunman’s manifesto.

  • Sergio M.
    08/06/2019 16:58

    Donald Trump look like he was the only one that didn't have no feelings and no emotions and using a teleprompter what kind of s*** is that

  • Linda E.
    08/06/2019 17:00

    blah, blah, blah, as if he means a word coming from his pie hole.

  • Jacob I.
    08/06/2019 17:01


  • Nadine C.
    08/06/2019 17:32

    Donald Trump is evil. He is a traitor

  • Abraham Y.
    08/06/2019 17:32

    It's all the mental illness of the Democrats to blame Trump for the shootings. Knife attacks started in England and now have escalated to Israel. Palestine terrorists are now killing Jews with sharp knives. Here in the US Rashida is flaunting Palestinian flag to support the terrorists. The first mass shooting in the collective American memory was the University of Texas at Austin shooting in August 1966. The shooter, armed with six weapons and ensconced at the top of the University of Texas Tower, killed 17 people, wounding more than 30 others. This was the first high-profile mass shooting in American history. This happened when Johnson was president. There were intermittent shootings during Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies. O'Rourke has failed to note that the chain of events follow in Trump's presidency also.

  • Josie C.
    08/06/2019 17:39


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    08/06/2019 17:41


  • Dylan T.
    08/06/2019 18:20

    It's not entirely about guns.

  • Edgar P.
    08/06/2019 20:13

    EE.UU y Trump arman a todos los gringos y promueven la xenofobia, el racismo y la homofobia...por eso las masacres de ayer, hoy y siempre. Y se jactan de ser el país de la libertad...

  • Neil C.
    08/06/2019 21:01

  • Salman K.
    08/06/2019 22:08

    Its terrorism

  • Sayen P.
    08/06/2019 22:17

    You guys blame Trump, but you can see there were presidents who could've done something before and they didn't either.

  • Ranga P.
    08/06/2019 23:55

    Anyone seen monkeys build homes..... When it rains, they all get together, discuss, decides they too need roofs over their heads, to keep them getting wet again. They all agree, it is time to build a home. Well, rain passes, they forget all about the homes because of a banana, a mango or $, till it rains again.

  • Mel O.
    08/07/2019 00:51

    All talk and no action. Limit the campaign contributions to $5. Then we will see change. nra not only terrorizes the public, it also terrorizes the men/women who run the country. From the president to the police officer in uniform.

  • Sohail Q.
    08/07/2019 02:15

    Blah and Blah and Blah. That is what they are good at.

  • Rizwan B.
    08/07/2019 05:36

    the actual problem is Guns you countries making not the president's

  • Kit M.
    08/07/2019 06:31

    The public has to change. The media has to change STOP HATING STOP DIVIDING STOP KILLING We don't need a leader to tell us to hate or not to hate, that's an independent thought. We're of the same country but we're each responsible for our own thoughts and actions. Use your brain, not your emotions. SO DO IT!!!!