Trump Hosts Listening Session with Parents & Survivors of Mass Shootings

President Trump hosted a listening session with parents and survivors of high-profile mass shootings at the White House on Wednesday. 

Citizens affected by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sandy Hook Elementary, and Columbine High School were in attendance. 

 
 

President Trump shared some of his own ideas on how to better protect students, which included arming teachers

 
 

Nicole Hockley -- mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook --  told the president that she would rather arm teachers with ways to prevent shootings in the first place than with a weapon.

"Let's talk about prevention," Hockley said. "There is so much we can do to help this person before we reach this point." 

 
 

The president also talked of a need for more mental institutions and stronger background checks.

 
 

Noticeably absent from this conversation were the MSD High students that have been making headlines for their advocacy since the Valentine's Day shooting.

 

According to one of them, Cameron Kasky, they were not invited to the president's listening session. However, they did attend a CNN Town Hall with Senator Marco Rubio later Wednesday evening.

 
 

What are your thoughts on all of this?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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