Families Plead For Change At The White House After Latest School Shooting
By Bill Galluccio
February 21, 2018
President Trump hosted members of families affected by gun violence to the White House to discuss ways to improve student safety at schools across the country. The family members took a chance to tell the president that something needs to be done to put an end to mass shootings.
Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in last week's deadly mass shooting at a high school in south Florida, said he's angry and demanded that politicians work to fix the problem. He asked, "how many schools, how many children have to get shot?"
A student who survived the Florida shooting, and turned 18 the following day, was shocked that he was legally able to buy the same weapon used to kill 17 people at his school.
"I turned 18 the day after. Woke up to the news that my best friend was gone. And I don't understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war."
President Trump said something would be done about school shootings and he highlighted background checks and mental health issues as areas for improvement. Trump called gun violence in schools a horrible situation and said that he would be meeting with governors from most states next week and promised to get something done.
Trump asked the attendees for their ideas on how to combat gun violence in the country. One man suggested that we should arm school employees, who can help stop a shooter before they can go on a shooting rampage.
"If it is not the teachers, you can have a custodian, could be an undercover policeman," he said. "Someone who work in the lunchroom. He serves lunch every day, but he also has a firearm at the ready. Guidance counselor."
"If you can't stop it from happening, and with hundreds of millions of guns out there -- I don't know if it will ever be fully stopped -- but the challenge becomes once it starts, to end it as quickly as possible."
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