Categories for Mass Shootings

31,502. 12/10/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & their families during this very difficult & tragic time. We will continue to monitor the situation as we assist local & state officials on the ground.”

Donald Trump,, December 10, 2019 4:41 pm

31,378. 12/8/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @AndrewPollackFL: Incredibly dangerous & reckless policies led to my daughter being murdered on the 3rd floor of her high school in Park…”

Donald Trump,, December 8, 2019 3:27 pm

31,377. 12/8/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @AndrewPollackFL: Thank you ⁦@mattgaetz⁩ for calling the Pensacola shooting for what it is: Terrorism. This should have never happened…”

Donald Trump,, December 8, 2019 3:27 pm

31,370. 12/8/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @AnniePNJ: The first of yesterday’s shooting victims has been id’d by family as 23yo Joshua Kaleb Watson: ‘Heavily wounded, he made his…”

Donald Trump,, December 8, 2019 3:01 pm

31,307. 12/6/2019

FLORIDA/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GovRonDeSantis: I just spoke with President @realDonaldTrump regarding the shooting at NAS Pensacola and he reiterated his full support…”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 10:02 pm

31,291. 12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/MILITARY/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump confirmed that the suspected shooter who killed three people and wounded at least eight others at a Naval base in Pensacola on Friday [12-6-19] morning was a Saudi national and announced that he’d spoken with the kingdom’s ruler about the attack…Members of the Saudi royal family, including the king, expressed their condolences and condemnation of the attack in a statement sent out by the Saudi embassy…The name of the suspect in Friday’s shooting has not yet been released, but Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced the shooter was killed by sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene. According to Morgan, his office received a report of an active shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola just before 7 a.m. Two deputies arrived to the scene not long after, when they exchanged gunfire with the shooter and ultimately killed him, he said during a press conference.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump passes along Saudi king’s ‘sympathies’ after Saudi national kills 3 at naval base,” Politico, December 6, 2019 2:57 pm

31,290. 12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 2:18 pm

31,289. 12/6/2019

FLORIDA/MASS SHOOTINGS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida….”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 2:18 pm

31,286. 12/6/2019

FLORIDA/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 1:16 pm

31,280. 12/6/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @BreakingNews: @NBCNews Escambia Co. Sheriff’s Office: ‘There is no longer an active shooter on NAS Pensacola. The shooter is confirmed…”

Donald Trump,, December 6, 2019 9:47 am

30,621. 11/14/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We continue to monitor the terrible events at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California through our ongoing communications with Local, State, and Federal Authorities….”

Donald Trump,, November 14, 2019 6:34 pm

30,620. 11/14/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those tragically lost, and we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.”

Donald Trump,, November 14, 2019 6:34 pm

28,243. 9/9/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/POLICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It took just 20 seconds for police officers in Dayton, Ohio, to begin firing at a gunman one morning last month, taking him down after he killed nine people and wounded 27 others in the city’s entertainment district. On Monday [9-9-19], President Trump presented six of the city’s officers with the medal of valor, the highest honor for law enforcement officers. In a ceremony at the White House, Mr. Trump said that the officers rushed toward certain danger in an effort to protect the city’s residents. The president also awarded certificates of commendation to five people from El Paso who risked their lives to help others during a separate mass shooting at a Walmart store there a day earlier. Together, Mr. Trump said, the recipients ‘responded to the worst violence and most barbaric hatred with the best of American courage, character and strength.’”

Michael D. Shear, “Trump Honors Police Officers and Civilians in El Paso and Dayton Shootings,” The New York Times online, September 9, 2019

28,136. 9/4/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump maintained Wednesday [9-4-19] that he hopes to quickly see legislative action to address a spate of mass shootings, but he remained coy about what exactly he would support. Fielding questions from reporters following a White House event on the opioid crisis, the president said that any gun reform proposal would need to be bipartisan. Trump also expressed hope that Congress’ imminent return following a month-long recess would bring an agreement ‘soon.’ And he explained that he is reviewing ‘many different concepts and many different things’ in response to recent shootings, ‘including mental health which is, to me, a very important element of it.’ That would include, he said, reopening shuttered mental institutions in some fashion.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump teases action on gun control ‘soon’ but is coy on specifics,” Politico, September 4, 2019 4:44 pm

28,045. 9/1/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘On behalf of all Americans, I’d like to express my deepest sympathies and sorrow for the victims and their families. We as…”

Donald Trump,, September 1, 2019 1:57 pm

28,044. 9/1/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great job by Texas Law Enforcement and First Responders in handling the terrible shooting tragedy yesterday. Thank you also to the FBI, @GregAbbott_TX and all others. A very tough and sad situation!”

Donald Trump,, September 1, 2019 10:07 am

28,013. 8/31/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/FBI/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just briefed by Attorney General Barr about the shootings in Texas. FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged. More to follow.”

Donald Trump,, August 31, 2019 5:35 pm

27,693. 8/22/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just concluded a very good meeting on preventing Mass Shootings. Talks are ongoing w/ both Republicans & Democrats. We are likewise engaging with lawful gun owners, survivors, grieving family members, law enforcement, the NRA, mental health professionals, and school officials…” 

Donald Trump,, August 22, 2019 6:31 pm

27,496. 8/15/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Beto O’Rourke introduced himself to the country as a changed candidate on Thursday [8-15-19], with his presidential campaign recast as a moral crusade against President Trump in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, his hometown. Mr. O’Rourke, who represented the city in Congress until the start of this year, said he would abandon the relatively traditional approach he has so far taken — with limited success — and largely detach his travel from a primary calendar that tethers most candidates to a handful of early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Instead, Mr. O’Rourke said he would now plan his political activities around confronting Mr. Trump in direct and personal terms, and highlighting what Mr. O’Rourke views as the injustices of Mr. Trump’s administration. He intends to seek out immigrant-rich towns to campaign in, and to make gun control a central issue. He outlined his new thinking about the race in a telephone interview on Wednesday evening and a speech in El Paso on Thursday morning.”

-Alexander Burns, “Beto O’Rourke’s New Approach to 2020: ‘Taking the Fight to Donald Trump’,” The New York Times online, August 15, 2019

27,460. 8/15/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @IngrahamAngle: ‘There is no evidence that we are in the midst of an epidemic of mass shootings,’ @jamesalanfox, the leading researcher…” 

Donald Trump,, August 15, 2019 6:30 am

27,389. 8/13/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DineshDSouza: We’ve just had two incendiary mass shootings. In one, the shooter was pro-white supremacy. In the other, the shooter wa…”

Donald Trump,, August 13, 2019 12:36 pm

27,367. 8/12/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “She was a young mother, busy juggling family dinners, cheerleading practices and trips to the park with her three small children. He was a self-starter who had opened his own business and spent months painstakingly renovating a house for his family, with three bedrooms and granite countertops in the kitchen. Before they became the latest faces of the toll of mass shootings in America — before their names were written on crosses at a memorial in El Paso, before their orphaned infant was held up in a photo opportunity with President Trump — Jordan and Andre Anchondo were just a young couple at the start of their lives together. They had recently had a baby boy, moved into their new home and celebrated their first year of marriage. A gunman with an AK-47-style rifle and a plan to hurt Mexicans changed all of that. While the couple was shopping at a Walmart store in El Paso, Andre Anchondo, 23, was killed jumping in front of the gunman; his wife, Jordan, 24, died shielding her infant son, relatives have said. They were among 22 people who were shot to death that day. The baby survived.”

Sarah Mervosh, “They Died Shielding Their Baby in El Paso. Their Family’s Anguish Was Only Beginning.,” The New York Times online, August 12, 2019

27,325. 8/9/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In 2013, Donald J. Trump said he supported background checks for gun purchases to ‘weed out the sickos.’ Two years later, as he prepared to run for president, he flip-flopped, telling Ammoland magazine that he opposed expanded checks because they don’t work. It is a recurring pattern. As president, Mr. Trump changed his mind again in 2018 after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., insisting that stronger checks would be ‘fully backed’ by the White House. But that position only lasted a few days, until a late-night meeting with the National Rifle Association in the Oval Office, after which he backed off his support and later threatened to veto a background check bill. On Friday, in the wake of massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Trump presented himself now as a deal-maker eager to bring Democrats and Republicans together behind tougher background checks. But the president’s long history on the gun issue raises questions about his real commitment to legislation that would improve the background check system and close loopholes that have allowed firearms to be bought and sold at gun shows without any knowledge of a buyer’s history.”

Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Past Flip-Flops Cloud Trump’s Position on Background Checks,” The New York Times online, August 9, 2019

27,305. 8/8/2019

GUNS/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/POLLS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump sees a rare political opportunity to act on gun control — and if there was ever a time to do it, this is probably it. Nine out of 10 Trump voters support universal background checks, according to a new poll — and a majority favor other gun control measures. The NRA is in shambles. And Trump’s reelection hopes would be helped mightily by more support among moderate suburban voters — who back the measures but abandoned Republicans in the midterms…In the days since mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead, Trump has talked to Congress’ top two leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy multiple times, about how to proceed, according to people familiar with the phone calls. He also called Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the bipartisan tandem who pushed expanded background checks, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who proposed a bill to help states confiscate firearms from people deemed dangerous. The odds of serious gun control legislation clearing Congress and being signed into law remain slim.”

Anita Kumar, “Donald Trump’s Nixon-to-China moment on guns,” Politico, August 8, 2019 6:37 pm

27,287. 8/8/2019

GUNS/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the wake of two mass shootings, the divisive politics of gun control appeared to be in flux on Thursday [8-8-19] as President Trump explored whether to back expanded background checks on gun purchasers and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, signaled that he would at least be open to considering the idea. It is not clear that either the president or Mr. McConnell will embrace such legislation, which both of them have opposed in the past and which would have to overcome opposition from the National Rifle Association and other powerful conservative constituencies. But their willingness to weigh its political appeal and feasibility — or to be seen doing so — suggested that Republicans are feeling pressure to take some substantive action after mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people. Mr. McConnell said that a measure expanding background checks to all gun purchasers would be ‘front and center’ when the Senate comes back into session next month.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin, “Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings,” The New York Times online, August 8, 2019