President Trump sat down with state and local officials early Thursday afternoon to talk about how to protect schools from mass shootings in the wake of the massacre at a Florida high school last week.
“We will take action, unlike for many years where people sitting in my position did not take action,” the president said, according to Fox 10 Phoenix. “We want to ensure that when we see warning signs, we act quickly. When we have somebody that’s mentally unstable, or like this guy [Nikolas Cruz] who was a sicko, there were a lot of warning signs. There were a lot of people calling say, ‘Hey, he’s going to do something bad.’”
“We must work together to create a culture in our country that cherishes life and forces real human connections,” he continued.
Trump noted that gun prosecutions under his administration have increased significantly, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been much tougher on gangs. He emphasized the kids are not just in danger of rogue shooters but also rampant gang violence.
“We’re working on getting violent offenders off the streets and guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals,” Trump said. “There’s nothing more important than protecting our children.”
As for legal gun purchases, the president emphasized the need for strong background checks for people buying guns and his desire to boost the age of purchasing firearms from 18 to 21. His administration is also working on banning bump stocks. He said dealing with mental health issues is a priority and that we need more mental health facilities for dealing with people like the suspected Florida shooter.
“We’re going to be talking seriously about opening mental health institutions again, and in some cases, reopening,” Trump said, also noting that there are homeless people who have dangerous mental conditions and need to be treated.
The Florida attorney general, sitting next to Trump, said her state will be allowing police to confiscate people’s guns if they’re committed to a mental institution and then have 72 hours to decide to those guns should be returned when the person is let out. Attorney General Pam Bondi is also working on an app to make it easy for young people to anonymously send authorities warnings they see in social media about someone planning acts of violence.
Trump also talked about the possibility of putting more restrictions in place to keep kids away from ultra-violent video games and movies that are having a corrosive influence on their minds. He acknowledged that doing so would be complicated.
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