The White House arranged a “listening session” for the students who survived the Florida Shooting that happened last week at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where the President Donald Trump listened to the concerns and opinions of the survivors and their parents and affirmatively addressed them.
Out of all the concerns that were put forward by the students, one that was repeatedly raised was the concern of having such a low age requirement to buy weapons and arms. The Florida shooting happened last week at a high school in Parkland where a 19 year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire and killed 17 people including students and teachers.
The idea raised by the survivors in the “listening session” at The White House about the age being eligible for purchasing arms and guns is already catching bipartisan attention in the Senate.
Justin Gruber, a survivor student vented angrily, “I was born into a world where I never got to experience safety and peace.” Getting more vocal about his complaints at the White House, he added, “There needs to be a significant change in this country because this has to never happen again.”
An emotional father said “I’m pissed” who lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting, to Trump.
Trump addressed the aggression of the crowd by consoling them and stating that, “Some of your suggestions, I’ve heard some of them. We’re going to do something about this horrible situation that’s going on.” To make the survivors, parents and other education authorities comfortable and give them the chance to speak their heart out, the president also added, “I want to listen. And then after I listen, we’re going to get things done.”
One of the parents suggested the idea of training the teaching and school staff to deal with any kind of unfortunate and unforeseen incident. They put forward the concept of arming the teachers with concealed guns on which Trump gave positive acknowledgment, as the president replied, “this is certainly a point we will discuss.” Trump also asked the crowd to raise hands on this opinion just to figure out how many of them support the idea put forward by one of the parents. Supporting the idea, Trump added, “If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms that could very well end the attack very quickly. We’re going to be looking at that very strongly. And I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like it.”