Time To Get To Work On Preventing School Shootings

22 February, 2018, 16:14 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Time To Get To Work On Preventing School Shootings

Mr Trump met with six students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed on February 14 by a gunman with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle in the second-deadliest shooting at a USA public school. Invitees include victims, parents and teachers who have been affected by school shootings dating back many years.

A picture taken by Getty's Chip Somodevilla showed Trump holding a piece of White House stationery featuring five handwritten points.

Photograghers also captured Trump's notes during the session, which included the line "I hear you".

Trump's staff was right to be concerned.

The President, while suggesting arming teachers as a defense against future attacks, said, "If the coach had a firearm in his locker when he ran at this guy - that coach was very fearless, saved a lot of lives, I suspect".

A father of a Stoneman Douglas High survivor suggested allowing certain school personnel to be secretly armed so they can immediately respond before cops arrive. Parents of children who were killed at the shootings in Columbine, Colo., in 1999, and Sandy Hook, Conn., in 2012, were also in attendance.

"Me and my friends, we get scared when a auto drives by, anywhere", said Sam Zeif, a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland.

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"Time has stood still", said Sam Zeif, Parkland School Shooting survivor.

"We cannot imagine the depth of their anguish, but we can pledge the strength of our resolve", Mr Trump said.

Andrew Pollack's daughter Meadow was killed in last week's mass shooting. "Saved a lot of lives, I suspect", Mr. Trump said, apparently referring to Aaron Feis, a coach at Stoneman Douglas who survivors say died while shielding students from gunfire.

"I lost a best friend", Mr Zeif said. We will not stop.

"You have gone through extraordinary pain, and we don't want others to go through the kind of pain that you've gone through". My daughter - I'm not going to see again!

Trump didn't commit to a specific policy solution, but he promised to be "very strong" on background checks, and go "very strongly into age, age of purchase". It appears the notes were written on a pad of paper, but it's not clear if there were additional talking points on other pages.

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