Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, called for prioritizing school safety ahead of gun control.
During a listening session with President Donald Trump, he shared that his daughter was shot nine times and that he was at the White House because “my daughter has no voice.”
“We as a country failed our children,” he said. “This shouldn’t happen.”
The father noted that you can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water but that someone can walk into a school with a semi-automatic rifle and shoot children. He called for the country to come together and “work on what’s important,” which he identified as protecting kids in school.
Pollack explained it’s “simple” since we already protect airports, concerts, stadiums, and embassies, and he noted that even the Department of Education has a security guard in the elevator. He said:
“I’m very angry that this happened because it keeps happening. 9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed. And Mr. President, we’re gonna fix it. Because I’m gonna fix it. I’m not going to rest.”
He instructed the people in the room to look at him and his sons, who joined him at the White House. Pollack rightfully declared that he’s “pissed,” and he wanted it to “sink in” that his sons had to bury their sister and that his whole family will have to live with this for the rest of their lives.
From now on, he has to go to King David Cemetery to see his daughter and called for a unified effort to fix school safety immediately.
“It’s not about gun laws right now,” he declared. “That’s another fight, another battle. Let’s fix the schools, and then you guys can battle it out whatever you want.”
Just as he didn’t think it would happen to him, he explained that every day that kids go to school, it could be another unsuspecting parent who has to bury their child.
“Work with the president and fix the schools. That’s it. No other discussions,” he said. “I’m never gonna see my kid again. Never ever will I see my kid. I want that to sink in. Eternity. My beautiful daughter, I’m never gonna see again.”
His son, Huck, also spoke and advocated for the “free flow of ideas” and listening to “radical opinions on both sides” because that’s how solutions are discovered.
“Censorship has got to stop,” he said. “And that’s how we find the solutions. By listening to everyone, having an open mind.”
His other son, Hunter, graduated from the Florida high school in 2015 and said that after an “effective meeting” before the listening session, he’s putting his trust in the president, his administration, and his father to find a solution.