Angry Father Tells Nation: Fix It!

by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  February 22, 2018   

Daughter was killed in Parkland school massacre

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WASHINGTON ( - A father who lost his daughter in the Parkland school shooting is telling the nation, "All these school shootings, it doesn't make sense. Fix it."

On Wednesday, Andrew Pollack stood in the White House with his three sons, asserting, "We as a country failed our children." His daughter, 18-year-old Meadow Pollack, was shot 9 times and killed by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. Cruz has admitted to being the shooter and was apprehended hours later.

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Speaking to President Trump, Pollack commented, "We protect airports. We protect concerts, stadiums, embassies." He added, "The Department of Education that I walked in today — that has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator, they got a security guard. I'm very angry that this happened because it keeps happening."

Pollack continued, "Should have been one school shooting, and we should have fixed it. And I'm pissed. Because my daughter, I'm not going to see [her] again. She's not here. She's not here. She's in North Lauderdale at ... King David Cemetery. That is where I go to see my kid now."

Today, President Trump outlined his forthcoming gun safety plan at a White House listening session with Parkland victims, asserting that allowing teachers to carry firearms in the classroom will be one of the biggest deterrents in school shootings.

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He asserts, "This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it's called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They'd go for special training, and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone."

Hunter Pollack, Meadow's brother, commented, "I'm not here to debate, but I lost my sister. And like Mr. President said, if you could find 20 percent of maybe retired law enforcement officers or a teacher who could go through discreet training to carry a firearm around his waist, it could've been a very different situation,"

Trump also questioned the effectiveness of so-called gun-free zones, calling attackers "cowards" because they know people can't shoot back at them in gun-free zones.

Colton Haab — a student and witness of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School — is accusing CNN of feeding scripted questions to students at a town hall meeting in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

"CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted," he said. "I don't think that it's going to get anything accomplished. It's not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have."

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