Donald Trump meets Florida school shooting victims, ignores question on gun control

Donald Trump meets Florida school shooting victims, ignores question on gun control

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in particular, we've seen victims addressing Trump directly, with several students who survived the shooting using Twitter to demand that he take action.

Later, Trump said he had met with some of the victims' parents and said they were in "really great shape" given the circumstances.

The first lady also made brief remarks during the visit, telling the assembled officers, "Thank you all for what you do". "Incredible job and everybody is talking about it".

"This is not the time to jump to some conclusion, not knowing the full facts", the Wisconsin Republican told reporters, adding that lawmakers need to look at "gaps" in laws that may allow mentally ill people to get guns.

She said, "President Trump, Barron goes to school".

The Trumps were joined at the headquarters by Florida's Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In Washington, however, the political response has made clear that the powerful NRA pro-gun lobby remains formidable, while Trump himself suggested the root cause of mass shootings was a crisis of mental health - making no mention of gun control.

I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth - but people whose lives have been totally shattered.

A teacher who said she was a Trump voter, a Second Amendment supporter, and opposed to gun control is now calling for "action" to get "guns out of the hands of these children", after holing up 65 students from Wednesday's Florida school shooter.

Neither the White House nor Trump has responded to criticism of the images.

Mr Trump is spending the long President's Day weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which is not far from Parkland. That is a flawless example of the common sense you told us you were going to bring to the White House.

The president tweeted this morning that he is "working with Congress on many fronts" but did not elaborate.

"This kid deserves the death penalty", she said.

The question is often asked, just how many more children have to die in school shootings before the American government takes action on the sale of deadly weapons? But Florida Governor Rick Scott nevertheless called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to step down, saying the failure to act was "unacceptable".

What's more, the rule Trump rescinded was opposed by both the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Rifle Association, so it wasn't exactly universally hailed. During his election campaign, Trump celebrated his support for the NRA and warned that rival Hillary Clinton was "coming for your guns".

Since the massacre, money been flowing in to gun-safety groups, including Everytown for Gun Safety, a group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that seeks stricter gun laws.

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