Sandy Hook mom rips Trump for partying with NRA head on anniversary of shooting (Details)

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On Sunday, the mother of one of the children who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting ripped Trump for hosting the National Rifle Association (NRA) president Wayne LaPierre at the White House.

Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan Hockley was one of the children killed in the massacre, ripped into Trump for his actions in a lengthy Facebook post that went viral.

She also slammed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for saying that she couldn’t think of a regulation that could prevent another massacre happening again.

Hockley wrote, “But while I can forgive Sanders for her lack of knowledge (though not her lack of compassion) I cannot say the same for President Trump.”



She continued, “Not only did he ignore the 5-year remembrance completely – not even a single tweet – he slapped us all in the face by having none other than NRA President Wayne LaPierre at his White House Christmas party that night. The appalling lack of humanity and decency has not gone unnoticed.”

“While they ignorantly partied and remained uninformed on an issue that kills thousands of Americans every year, I was crying myself to sleep. While they got the chance to kiss their children goodnight, I kissed the urn holding my beautiful boy’s ashes,” Hockley wrote.

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She concluded, “I would request an apology. But I’m not sure there are any hearts in the White House that would understand why an apology is the least they could do.”

Hockley is one of the parents who founded Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization that protects children from gun violence.

On Sunday evening, Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to the New York Daily News that LaPierre was one of the guests for the White House Christmas party.



Sanders stated, “I’m not aware of a conversation between [LaPierre and Trump]. He was there for a Christmas party and not a formal meeting of any kind.”

Trump was endorsed by the NRA and had people from the group speak highly of him at the Republican National Convention.

Below is a post that also confirmed that LaPierre was present.

It was wonderful to see so many Texans at the White House Christmas party tonight. Republican National Committeewoman…

Posted by Dan Patrick on Thursday, December 14, 2017





You can read Hockley’s full post below:

December 14th marked five years since my six-year-old son, Dylan, was murdered in his first grade classroom alongside 19 of his classmates and 6 educators. The pain of his murder is with my family every day. To honor him and prevent other families from having to experience this horror, I have dedicated my life to studying the causes of gun violence and promoting tangible solutions that are proven to work and save lives.

For the five-year remembrance, and indeed for every year and every day, most people show compassion and humanity. This year, the White House did not – on two occasions. First, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the Sandy Hook shooting and what the President and his administration are trying to do to prevent similar massacres, Sanders remarked she was unaware of any regulation that could have been put in place to prevent anything.

This shows a remarkable amount of ignorance, especially regarding an issue that kills over 30,000 Americans every year. As the voice of the White House, Sanders should have not only offered condolences – or even thoughts and prayers – but she should know the answers. I will happily go the White House and train the administration on regulations like Extreme Risk Protections Orders (ERPOs) and Threat Assessement, both of which could have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy and which I have written to the President about. I’d also love to train the White House on recognizing the signs of someone who is at risk of hurting themselves or others, or even about how to store a gun safely and responsibly. Both of these contributed to the Sandy Hook tragedy.




But while I can forgive Sanders for her lack of knowledge (though not her lack of compassion) I cannot say the same for President Trump. Not only did he ignore the 5-year remembrance completely – not even a single tweet – he slapped us all in the face by having none other than NRA President Wayne LaPierre at his White House Christmas party that night. The appalling lack of humanity and decency has not gone unnoticed.

Trump, LaPierre and Sanders are all parents. While they ignorantly partied and remained uninformed on an issue that kills thousands of Americans every year, I was crying myself to sleep. While they got the chance to kiss their children goodnight, I kissed the urn holding my beautiful boy’s ashes.

I would request an apology. But I’m not sure there are any hearts in the White House that would understand why an apology is the least they could do.

– Nicole Hockley, Dylan’s mom

 

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