This bereaved mum’s heartfelt plea is going viral after Trump celebrated anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting partying with NRA chief

President Donald Trump celebrated the fifth anniversary of the notorious Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings by inviting the CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) – America’s chief gun lobbyist for Whitehouse Christmas drinks.

Five years to the day troubled Adam Lanza shot his mother dead, followed by six school staff and 20 children aged 6 -7 with a semi-automatic rifle, then himself, Donald Trump entertained the head of the NRA – the biggest financial backer of his presidential campaign.

The NRA spent $6 million in TV ads on behalf of the Republican presidential candidate, more than the Trump campaign spent on itself.

Despite public opinion being in favour of a federal ban on assault weaponry and proper background checks for gun owners, and the shooting sprees that have occurred under Donald Trump’s watch, the NRA has generally got its way so far.

None of this was lost on the mother of one of the young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, whose emotive Facebook post on how the President chose to mark the fifth anniversary of the shooting of her six-year-old son Dylan is going viral.

“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,” wrote Dylan’s mother Nicole Hockley.

She added “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.”

Republican Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick posted these photos from the party on Facebook.

Dan Patrick with NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre at Trump’s Christmas White House party (c) Facebook

Dan Patrick with NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre (right) at Trump’s Christmas White House party (c) Facebook

The bereaved school shooting mother slammed the dismissive attitude of Donald Trump and his Press Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a blistering post.

This is the full text of her plea:

“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.

The anniversary of the elementary school shooting was remembered by CNN anchor Jake Tapper who tweeted this roll call of those who were shot – lest they be forgotten. Since the Sandy Hook shootings barely a month has gone by without a school shooting in the US.

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