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President Trump addresses the nation on the Florida school shooting
Trump says the American family is praying for the Parkland community, which says that no child or teacher should always be in danger, in the school, thanks to the first responders for their courage.
President Trump on Thursday strongly condemned the rampage-massacre in Florida as “the scene of terrible violence, of hatred and of evil”, while vowing to address issues of mental health in the midst of a renewed debate in Washington about how to stop these recurring attacks.
“No child, no teacher should always be in danger in an American school,” Trump said in the Diplomatic Room of the White house. “No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters, when you kiss her goodbye in the morning.”
Later in the day, the President issued a proclamation ordering all flags to be flagged at half mast in public areas, and military posts until Monday, in honor of the victims.
As the President focused in the aftermath of the tragedy on the mental health, the Democrats renewed their push for gun control measures — refers to the reports the suspect had an AR-15.
The President said on Thursday he was “obliged” to help out in cooperation with state and local leaders, “securing our schools and addressing the difficult issue of mental health.” Trump did not discuss explicitly, gun control, but not proposed, he is supportive and reflective measures.
“It is not enough, you can take simple actions that make us feel we make a difference,” Trump said. “We really need to change something.”
“No child, no teacher should always be in danger in an American school”
Trump said he plans to visit Parkland, Fla., in the coming days to meet with families and local officials and continue the coordination of the Federal response.
“We must also work to create a culture in our country embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and turns, fellow students, and colleagues also said friends and neighbors,” he said.
At one point during his speech, the President, his comments aimed in the direction of “America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused, or even scared.”
Presidential proclamation in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida: https://t.co/RTQWAKiSnR pic.twitter.com/Nhs32bm5zB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
“I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be,” he said. “You have people who care about you, who love you and who will do anything to protect you. If you need help, contact a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. To answer hatred with love. Answer cruelty with kindness.”
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with several counts of premeditated murder, after authorities said he went on the rampage on Wednesday afternoon and killed 17 lecturers and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Cruz is a former student of the school, police said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking in front of a gathering of sheriffs in Washington on Thursday, he said, informed his office of legal policy, working with Cabinet agencies for the “exploring the intersection of mental health and crime and see how we can prevent that people are capable of such heinous crimes.”
“We need to be told to confront with this problem,” sessions.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and unpredictable behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. The notification of such instances, authorities will have to always, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that there were so “many characters”, Florida was the suspect “mentally disturbed” – suggesting more could be done to report him to the authorities.
“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and unpredictable behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Always the message of such instances, authorities will need to, again and again!” Trump tweeted.
Cruz was taken into custody “without incident” Wednesday of Coconut Creek police in the Coral Springs neighborhood, just a few miles from the high school. He allegedly had an AR-15 rifle and “countless magazines.”
Cruz was expelled from high school “for disciplinary reasons”, and math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald that, before you shoot on Sunday morning, Cruz can have been identified as a potential threat.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Democrats called immediately to take the Congress to new gun legislation. Republican lawmakers are likely to push back on such calls, as they focus after the recent shootings – as a trump on Thursday, a tweet has – on issues such as mental illness.
“We mourn with the Park landscape. But we are not powerless. Caring for our children is our first task,” tweeted the former President Barack Obama. “And as long as we can honestly say that we will do enough to keep you safe from harm, including long-overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we need to change that.”
We mourn with the Park landscape. But we are not powerless. Caring for our children is our first task. And as long as we can honestly say that we will do enough to keep you safe from harm, including long-overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we need to change the.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
Sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a prominent gun control advocate, tweeted, “Other mass shootings. Allegedly, another AR-15. My bill to ban assault weapons ready for a vote. As long as we accept the use of the weapons of war to slaughter our children.”
The full details of Cruz’s mental condition is not known to the public. Broward County mayor Beam Furr told CNN that he was getting treatment in a psychiatric hospital for a while, but was not there for more than a year.
Fox News’ Judson Berger, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.