Shooting Victim's Father Shuts Up Those Opposed To Arming Teachers

Parents who don't want their children protected by armed school personnel can go to a gun-free school, one father said.

Parkland, FL – The father of a girl who was murdered during the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said that parents who don’t want their children to attend schools where teachers are trained and armed to protect students always have the option of sending their kids to a different school.

“This is America, and...you have the choice to go to any school you want,” Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was murdered in the attack, told CNN. “If you don’t want a teacher, or a marshal, or you don’t want someone with a gun at your school, you go to a gun-free school zone. That’s where you go. You take your kid, and you go to a school that has gun-free zone, and you take them there.”

Pollack was in attendance at President Donald Trump’s Feb. 21 meeting at the White House, during which the president suggested the idea of arming school staff.

"If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly," Trump said at the gathering, according to CNN. “This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be...concealed carry...They’d go for special training.”

The concept of arming school personnel has become increasingly controversial in the wake of the Florida school shooting, and has caused passionate responses from both sides of the argument.

"I'm pissed,” Pollack told Trump during the meeting. “It was my daughter I am not going to see again. She is not here. She is not here. She is in North Lauderdale at...King David Cemetery. That is where I go to see my kid now."

“It’s simple. Let’s fix it,” he told the president.

The Florida State Legislature recently advanced bills that would devote $67 million to help train teachers and school staff members to carry concealed weapons as school marshals, the Huffington Post reported.

The program would be voluntary, and those who opted to participate would be specifically trained to help protect students, Pollack told CNN.

“The parent that wants to go to a school where there’s a marshal, or there’s a police presence, they send their kid there,” he said, adding that parents who disagreed would have the option to go to gun-free schools.

Despite his loss, Pollack said he has heard Meadow’s voice in his head, calling him “Daddy,” and that it made him feel “empowered to do what I have to do,” to protect children.

“When someone murders your kid...you just get a certain power...I can do anything,” he said.

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bronx163
bronx163

At least this father sees commonsense solution.
Signage saying gun free zone tells evil killers the sheep are free to be slaughtered. Good guy standing overwatch will always keep the sheep safe. Long as hes not a broward county deputy.

b1rd
b1rd

My heart goes out to these parents. He is right though. If you don't want to send your kids to a school where the teachers are armed, sent them to a gun free school.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Guns are not the problem. The types of guns are not the problem. The culture in America now is the problem. In the 70's there were more gun owning households than now. What we didn't have then were mass school shootings like now. Violent video games and just the amount of raw violence in our society today has desensitized younger people to violence. Playing games like Call of Duty day after day helps to create the school shooters of today.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Charles Whitman managed to kill 17 people and injure more than 30 with nothing more than hunting rifles. It doesn't take an AR to kill a lot of people.

Caprice56
Caprice56

My heart hurts for his loss. And I am in awe of his courage in facing this and finding a solution. He’s right! You can chose where to send your child. I would send mine to anarmed school where they may stand a chance.