On Thursday, a "targeted attack" left five people dead after a gunman opened fire at a newspaper headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

The culprit, who is yet to be officially named by police, was said to have been wielding a shotgun and smoke bombs on the Capital Gazette offices.

In a press conference, William Krampf, the Anne Arundel County acting police chief said:

This was a targeted attack on the Capital Gazette. This person was prepared today to come in.

This person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm, and as I've stated before, the investigative part of this is going to be thorough, and it's going to take some time.

With the topic of gun violence being a huge talking point within the United States this year, President Trump has been reluctant to fully condemn gun laws in the country and has instead proposed alternatives to counteract the problem.

That being said he has always been on hand to offer his thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families and yesterday's shooting in Maryland proved no different.

This is typical of the usual tweet that Trump sends out after these events. Non-political and avoiding any of the rhetoric and sentiments that he may have previously spouted online.

We hardly need to tell you about Trump's hostility towards the media and journalists during his time in the White House and although it would be churlish to draw comparisons to his words and yesterday's events it is telling that he chose not to pay tribute to the journalists who have lost their lives.

In contrast, the leader of an entirely different country managed to pay respects to journalists in a short and heartfelt statement.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to convey more emotion towards the victims of gun violence in just 39 words than Trump has during his entire Presidency.

Trudeau's words, in comparison to Trump's, did not go unnoticed.

HT Washington Press

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