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Conway: Trump Taking Call to Action on School Shootings Seriously

Conway: Trump Taking Call to Action on School Shootings Seriously
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By    |   Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:04 AM

President Donald Trump is taking what he heard on Wednesday from persons affected by school shootings seriously, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.

"It was an actual discussion and raw emotion but, also, a lot of very considered, deliberative discussion about solutions that many of these affected families and students, especially, came ready to deliver to the president, to the vice president, and really the world," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

"As the president said, the world was watching, and he takes very seriously everything that was said yesterday and presented to him."

Conway said she is "really struck" by the high school students who spoke, and by parents and educators who gave up their turns to speak in order allow the teens to talk.

The White House session brought together students, parents, administrators, local officials and Cabinet members. Many of those participating were affected by last week's deadly shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Others were personally affected by the school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"They came here obviously they have had a most harrowing and inexplicably difficult week, yet, they came here to actually try to reflect that week what can be done," Conway said of the Parkland students and family members.

"Some of the division and dissension you heard among some of the participants yesterday very much reflect the same difference of opinion that we see all across our country."

The solutions won't be easy, she added, but Trump is a president "who doesn't just listen, he acts. So I predict on his watch things will change. And people will feel like school safety and public safety are much enhanced because he is the president."

Trump on Thursday tweeted that he will be pushing for legislation for comprehensive background checks for gun purchases, with an "emphasis on mental health," as well as legislation that will raise the age of people buying guns 20 21 and to end the sale of bump stocks.

Conway agreed that legislation is the key for change. Trump will meet on Thursday with local and state public safety individuals, she added, and she thinks that is also an "incredibly important conversation to have."

"The president has made very clear, it should be more difficult for those who should not have firearms to have them," she said. "It should be easier for our law enforcement to — or the brave men and women in law enforcement — to do the job that they set out to do in keeping our students safe."

Such solutions won't happen overnight, she continued, but Trump is a "man of action," and she does not think it is fair to focus only on his comments Wednesday calling for the possibility of allowing some educators and administrators to be armed.

"To focus on that alone today is disingenuously covering the fuller discussion yesterday and frankly disrespectful to the people who are in that room raising any number of different issues," she said.

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