After a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida resulted in the death of at least 17 students and teachers, Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren echoed multiple arguments that are often used in response to those who call for gun control after similar tragedies:
It’s too soon to call for gun control, Lahren indicated on Twitter, and such tragedies are about mental health, not guns. In the hours after sending her post, Tomi Lahren’s tweet about the Parkland shooting drew criticism from Twitter users.
In a tweet Tomi Lahren accused ‘the Left’ of using the massacre, in which gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to pursue an anti-gun agenda.Lahren tweeted in the wake of the mass shooting:
“Can the Left let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner agenda? My goodness. This isn’t about a gun it’s about another lunatic.”
TMZ got the FOX News contributor at LAX Sunday and asked her about Florida school shooting. Tomi Lahren doubled down on her stance the Florida school shooting wasn’t about guns … it’s about a lunatic who wouldn’t have slaughtered 17 people if he had more religion in his life.
Lahren also contended that what America needs, isn’t more gun control, but,
“I think more God and more Jesus in society, more compassion, more virtues, more values is going to stop things like this.”
Lahren’s assertion that the Parkland shooting is about an individual “lunatic,” more so than a failure to enact gun control, is a notion not too dissimilar to reactions that have come from Republicans in Washington D.C., including President Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).