"IT'S JUST COMMON SENSE"
A NATIONAL EMERGENCY WORTHY OF A PRIMETIME OVAL OFFICE SPEECH
Untitled, Watercolor, 17" x 29", Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy of Van Wagoner Family Trust**
What follows is Mr. Trump's recent speech from the Oval Office. Suspend disbelief for two minutes and imagine he was speaking about an actual emergency, gun violence in the United States. I have deleted portions of his made-up crisis and added nothing.
My fellow Americans, tonight I’m speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian crisis.
It strains public resources. Among those hardest hit are African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. Every week, our citizens are killed. More Americans will die.
Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.
This is a humanitarian crisis. A crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul.
Women and children are victims of our broken system.
This is tragic. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end. It’s a tremendous problem.
Our proposal was developed by law enforcement professionals. These are resources they have requested to properly perform their mission and keep America safe. In fact, safer than ever before.
The proposal includes cutting edge technology for detecting weapons.
This is just common sense.
Senator Chuck Schumer, who you will be hearing from later tonight, has repeatedly supported, with many other Democrats.
Democrats in Congress acknowledge the crisis.
My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation. The only solution is for Democrats to pass a bill.
I have invited congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully we can rise above partisan politics.
The only thing that is immoral is the politicians who do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized.
Over the last several years I have met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen. I have held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief stricken fathers. So sad, so terrible. I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls. How much more American blood must we shed?
To those who refuse to compromise, I would ask, imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken. To every member of Congress: pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen, call Congress.
This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve. When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country and that is what I will always do so help me god.
Thank you and good night.
*My brother the very talented fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to https://medium.com/@richardvanwagoner and https://lastamendment.com
**My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed more than 500 pieces of my father's work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father's art reproduced in https://medium.com/@richardvanwagoner and https://lastamendment.com are hers