Politicians ignore gun deaths to focus on vaping

Deepika Sahota, Staff Writer

On September 11, President Donald Trump finally addressed the polar problem- sizing our nation — a problem that has affected almost 400 individuals in the U.S., a large majority of them teenagers.“We have a problem in our country,” Trump said during a White House press conference. “We can’t have our youth be affected… people are dying.”However, this pressing issue is not the rampant violence that results from the virtually nonexistent gun restrictions in Americano, President Trump has finally cracked down on vaping. President Trump, bearing the colossal weight of the lives of American children on his shoulders, has finally decided to eliminate the vaping epidemic once and for all! He did all of this after an alarming six deaths — almost as many as the number of people shot and killed by guns every day in America.
Oh wait, those deaths are a puff of smoke compared to the enormous cloud of 300 people shot and killed every day in the U.S.It’s foreseeable that such a new, unregulated and untested industry, focused on the inhalation of unspecified substances may lead to health consequences; the six deaths (now up to a whopping 37) caused by these consequences are surely a call for action.
I applaud the President for how expeditiously he took action against an epidemic that has caused individuals to lose their lives, but why is it that when the deaths are caused by guns instead, the deceased and their families get only “thoughts and prayers”?“[Kids are] coming home and saying, ‘Mom, I want to vape,’” President Trump said in his press conference. No, Mr. President, they’re asking their parents why they’ve had three lockdown drills in the past month. They’re asking their parents why their schoolmates flinch and get ready to run at every loud bang.
They’re asking their parents why they don’t feel safe in a location where they’re supposed to be focused on learning.“Guns don’t kill people,” President Trump has repeatedly said. “People kill people.”Of course! It could never be the device at fault for the deaths of innocent children — unless it’s e-cigarettes.
In a nation where children learn active shooting drills before their ABC’s, why have the president and Congress repeatedly failed to enact meaningful gun regulations?Aside from federal background checks and banning bump stocks, politicians drag their feet when it comes to meaningful gun reform.President Trump is right about eliminating flavored nicotine products from the shelves; it’s a good thing kids won’t die from the effects of vaping before they get the chance to get shot in school.Maybe if we start making mango-flavored AR-15’s, the government will finally decide to ban them too.