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Sec. Raj Shah: Trump Wants to Fix the Nation's School Shootings Situation

Sec. Raj Shah: Trump Wants to Fix the Nation's School Shootings Situation
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By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 11:23 AM

President Donald Trump's administration will be looking at several options to help make the nation's schools safe in the wake of a horrific school shooting this week that left 17 teenagers and teachers dead in Florida, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Friday.

"The president wants to fix this problem and create best practices across the country," Shah told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Sandra Smith. "Right now you have a situation around this country, in a lot of communities, [where] schools are less safe than, say, your local bank branch, or say your local stadium."

There are several policy proposals that will be looked at, said Shah, including "things that deal with mental health and the ways in which members of a community can see a troubled individual, what ways do they have to inform local law enforcement, inform their communities and inform superintendents and schools."

The president on Friday tweeted that he was heading to Florida to meet "with some of the bravest people on earth," and that he'll be working with Congress on "many fronts."

"The situation on Wednesday is so tragic, it is so horrific," Shah told Fox News. "We need to do everything we can working with state and local officials to help secure our schools, to improve our systems for mental health, and to prevent madmen like this from ever wreaking havoc on schools and communities ever again. There is a lot of issues to look at and he will lead on this issue."

The administration does believe that more can be done at the local level than on the federal, said Shah, since it is "fundamentally" an issue over school safety. That would include making sure that local folks "can begin to raise the alarm bells" before "troubled individuals" can get a weapon.

The school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, legally obtained an AR-15 weapon, which he used in Wednesday's attack, despite his history of mental and legal issues.

On Friday, Buzzfeed reported local police had made 36 trips to Cruz' home over a six year period to respond to calls for erratic or violent behavior, but he was never arrested.

Cruz had also been undergoing treatment for mental illness, but dropped out about a year ago.

Shah said that in the wake of such tragedies, everything needs to be looked at, including gun laws. However, he said he doubts a ban will prevent "sick individuals" from staging attacks.

"We as a nation, we have a Second Amendment, and we as a nation have 300 million guns across America," said Shah. "in this instance this individual did obtain a weapon through a legal background check. We don't know all the circumstances surrounding it. Obviously he shouldn't have had that weapon and shouldn't have been able to do the kinds of things he did."

However, there is a "whole host of issues" surrounding the shootings, and they won't be solved overnight, said Shah.

"We've begun to hear from families across the country," said Shah. "No child, no parent should feel unsafe for their children going to school."

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