Retired astronaut Mark Kelly said Wednesday that President Trump should take responsibility for tens of thousands of gun deaths in the United States in 2017 after the president arrogantly took credit for commercial aviation seeing its safest year on record.
In a tweet, Kelly explained that the Transportation Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the commercial airlines were primarily responsible for the industry’s safety record in 2017.
“Actually, it’s USDOT, FAANews, & NASA —and especially the airlines— who deserve credit for this,” Kelly wrote. “But, if you’re going to take credit for zero airline deaths in 2017 then you should take responsibility for the tens of thousands of gun deaths, too.”
Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
Kelly’s comment came hours after Trump bragged that he had been “very strict” on commercial aviation since becoming president, though he did not elaborate on what steps (probably none) he took to improve airline safety.
Kelly is a dedicated advocate for tightening gun control. His wife, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), was shot and seriously injured in 2011. The couple has vocally supported safer gun laws.
Rachel Maddow also rakes Trump over the Coals in this piece.