President Donald Trump‘s statement on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which stole the lives of 17 people, used the word “gun” just one time. As NCRM reported, it was in the last of the statement’s six paragraphs.
“Melania and I join all Americans in praying for the continued healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where lives have been lost to gun violence.”
But in a tweet sent out Thursday afternoon, several hours after the White House published the President’s statement, the phrase “gun violence” was changed to read “school violence,” as The Washington Post noticed.
One year ago today, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 students and 3 educators in Parkland, Florida. On this somber anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation’s children… https://t.co/MDnSX1BFeW pic.twitter.com/EVAeSwA8oV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019
Many on social media noticed the change, and many expressed anger over what one person called President Trump’s “rebranding” of gun violence to school violence.
Why did you change “gun violence” to “school violence”? Were you getting too close to the truth?
— LINDZEE (@WVUMAMA2) February 14, 2019
Gun violence took the lives of 17 people in our community, injured another 17, traumatized teachers, staff, and students, and changed the “safest city” in FL forever. It was GUN VIOLENCE, not school violence #ParklandStrong
— AKSN 🧡✌🏼 (@shipenewbery) February 14, 2019