In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting massacre one man emerged as the adult determined to wait for the facts to come out and override the emotions of the moment.
His name is Andrew Pollack and he had as much reason to grieve as anyone. His 18-year-old daughter Meadow was one of the seventeen people killed that day.
President Trump gave Andrew Pollack a forum when he invited him and other survivors to the White House a week later. Pollack didn’t attack the Second Amendment in the irrational belief that would somehow prevent future shootings.
Here’s what he did say:
I’m here because my daughter has no voice. She was murdered last week and she was taken from us. Shot nine times on the third floor. We as a country failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport, I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into a school and shoot our children. It is just not right.
It is simple. It is not difficult. We protect airports. We protect concerts. Stadiums. Embassies. The Department of Education that I walked into today has a security guard in the elevator. How do you think that makes me feel? In the elevator they got a security guard.
I’m very angry that this happened. Because it keeps happening. 9/11 happened once. And they fix everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it is fixed.
There should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it. And I’m pissed. Because my daughter, I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s not here. She’s in North Lauderdale King David cemetery, that is where I go to see my kid now. And if we all work together and come up with the right idea, school safety.
“It’s not about gun laws…”
The failure of the authorities in performing their duties to protect and defend were so pronounced that they bordered on having criminal intent.
Unlike the Parkland authorities who appeared to have coordinated with mainstream media and student anti-gun advocates, Andrew Pollack went to work to fix the problem.
“Harden the defenses.” We do that everywhere else and the results are solid.
Then, almost a year later, Pollack announced his support for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s $500 million school safety plan.
After the signing ceremony, Pollack told reporters that he believes the bill would’ve saved the lives of the students that day.
This past week Pollack had a message for Dems who continue using this and other shootings that take place in gun-free zones as a reason to end our Second Amendment protections:
What/who failed my daughter:
•Dem Super intendant
•Dem school board
•Dem teachers union
Now Nancy Pelosi is saying that if the Dems take back the House they will take away guns to honor Parkland victims
From a victims dad, go to hell Dems #FixIt
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) October 18, 2018
“Go to Hell!”