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tv   President Trump on Florida School Shooting  CSPAN  February 15, 2018 8:58pm-9:09pm EST

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jeff sessions. we will talk with national association of assistant u.s. attorney, lawrence weiser. join the discussion. president trump delivered a short statement on the school killed 17which people and injured dozens. pres. trump: my fellow americans, today, i speak to a nation in grief. yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil. 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at marjorie stoneman
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douglas high school in parkland, florida. a great and safe community. shooter who is now a custody opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. and badly wounded at least 14 others. our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families. to every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you. whatever you need. whatever we can do to ease your pain. we are all joined together as one american family. and your suffering is our burden
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also. no child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an american school. no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning. each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them, a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world, and each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world. today we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. we comfort the grieving and the wounded.
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and we hurt for the entire community of parkland, florida, that is now in shock and pain and searching for answers. to law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger, we thank you for your courage. soon after the shooting, i spoke with governor scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. i also spoke with the florida attorney general pam bondi, and broward county sheriff scott israel. i'm making plans to visit parkland, to meet with families and local officials and to continue coordinating the federal response. in these moments of heartache
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and darkness, we hold onto god's word in scripture, i have heard your prayer and seen your tears, i will heal you. we trust in that promise and we hold fast to our fellow americans in their time of sorrow. i want to speak now directly to america's children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused, or even scared. i want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. you have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. if you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness.
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we must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors. our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. we are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. later this month, i will be meeting with the nation's governors and attorneys general. we are making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. it is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. we must actually make that
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difference. in times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. these bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need. and so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close. let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow. thank you and god bless you all. thank you very much. reporter: [indiscernible] will you do something about guns?
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>> jeff sessions also talked about the school shooting in florida. he made these remarks during a speech at the sheriff's conference in washington dc. as a native floridian, i know this is a painful day. loss thatans feel the andave seen in that school the people we lost. it is certainly a tragic event. we are going to work on it. we will do something about it. it cannot be denied that something dangerous and unhealthy is happening in our country .>> mr. president, i ask we -- country. we are once again watching the images of children terrified.
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it is an image we do not need to continue to see. parents go to sleep fearful that their kids will not be safe even when they go to school. thatts have told me children cannot longer stand at the bus stop by themselves. parents take turns being out there every morning and afternoon. we have to confront the problem, there is no doubt about it. i think effective enforcement of , focusing on criminal and dangerous people, who have thepeople legal ability to do so, it can reduce file in's and improve public safety. it is not good if we have gun cannotat say criminals carry guns if they never get enforced. we intend to enforce our laws. the recent events have caused us to know that we have to do even more in the future.
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with our office of legal partners work with our at health and human services, the department of education, across this administration, to study the intersection of mental health and criminality and violence and to identify how we can stop people before these-us crimes occur. it is too often the case that the perpetrators have given signals in advance. we had a brief meeting with your leaders before the speech. they all agreed that everyone of these cases we have had advanced perhaps we have not been effective enough in intervening immediately to deal with that. i suspect, it appears we have seen that again in this case. you are experienced
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professionals. you and i know that we cannot arrest everybody that somebody thinks is dangerous. i think we can and must do better. we'll it to everyone of those kids crying outside the school yesterday and all those who never made it out of there. our hearts are hurting today. all the law enforcement community knows that we have a challenge in front of us. together we will meet it. talked aboutnators wednesday school shooting in their home state. instudents were killed parkland, florida. >> mr. president, i ask for a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in florida. >> without objection. >> the senate will observe a moment of silence for the


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