Survivors of the Parkland shooting that saw 17 people killed last week met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to plead for greater protections of American schoolchildren from gun violence.
While Trump listened to the survivors and their parents’ calls for stricter gun control, the president held a notecard apparently containing talking points and social niceties.
“I hear you,” read bullet point No. 5.
The top two items on the list were questions: “What would you most want me to know about your experience?” and “What can we do to help you feel safe?”
Those attending the White House listening session had ideas. Some called for an increase in the age limit for buying assault weapons.
“If you can’t buy a beer, [you] shouldn’t be able to buy a gun,” said Cary Gruber, father of a Parkland High School student.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting, said schools, not gun laws, need fixing.
“It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it and I’m pissed,” he said.
For his part, Trump promised to be “very strong on background checks” and “do plenty of other things.” He said his administration would look into the idea of providing concealed weapons to trained teachers.
More than 40 people assembled in the State Dining Room for the session, including six Parkland students and their parents and the parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook and Columbine school shootings.