A victim’s father in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight that politicians should not focus on pushing their agenda right after a mass shooting.
“These politicians jumped on these events to push their political agendas and the victims aren’t even in the ground yet… and they’re pushing an agenda without even looking at the facts of what went wrong,” he said.
“Let the police do their job and look into what happened. They’re pretty pathetic.”
Andrew Pollack—whose daughter Meadow was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—said when lawmakers tried to politicize the tragedy it affected him personally.
“There are no words that I could put on it to tell you how it affected me when my daughter got murdered,” he said. ”I’m so damaged by what happens with these people. To push a gun control agenda and take our rights away from victims—I’m not going to be a victim.”
Pollack added that it is necessary to introduce juvenile suspects of crimes to the judicial system while they are still young so that they are held accountable for their actions.
“You have to get to these kids while they’re still in high school and younger—when they’re committing crimes and acting out,” he said.
Regarding the upcoming visit by President Donald Trump, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said at a press conference late Monday, “This is not a political visit as he had before, and he is president of the United States. So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso to be with the president and discuss whatever our needs are in this community and hope that if we are expressing specifics, that we can get him to come through for us.”
President Trump announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6 that he will travel to the scenes of the two weekend mass shootings by Wednesday, in spite of Democrats’ warning to stay away.
“Will be going to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, tomorrow to meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings,” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening.
Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted on the same day, “Tomorrow will be about honoring victims, comforting communities, and thanking first responders & medical professionals for their heroic actions. President Trump is a true leader doing what’s right for this nation.”
El Paso opened a grief center on Tuesday to help people cope with last weekend’s mass shooting at a Walmart.