President Donald Trump says Wednesday's mass shooting turned a Florida school into a "scene of bad violence, hatred and evil". In a slow, deliberate style, he sought to reassure a troubled nation as well as students' families and shooting survivors in Florida. Gard said he believes the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn't be allowed on campus with a backpack.
There's little sign that the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school Wednesday will change that dynamic.
He did not answer shouted questions about guns as he exited the room.
That's when police say Cruz, equipped with a gas mask, smoke grenades and magazines of ammunition, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets.
The scene was reminiscent of the Newtown attack, which shocked even a country numbed by the regularity of school shootings.
South Florida remained on edge on Thursday. "To say that such brutal, pointless violence is unconscionable is an understatement", he said.
Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott told reporters that the chief focus among officials is having "a real conversation" about both school safety and mental illness in the community.
Trump on Thursday praised teachers and first responders and also offered a direct message to children.
Testifying on the president's budget, Mnuchin called the school shooting a tragedy and said, "I urge Congress to look at this issue". "Say it early and often, I'm telling you". "You need to take some action and play a role". Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.
"It's not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference".
Ben Bennight, a Gulfport bail bondsman who goes by "Ben the Bondsman" on YouTube, said in a video posted Wednesday night that he spoke to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in September about a comment left on one of his videos by someone with the username "nikolas cruz".
In a rare comment that appeared unscripted, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would speak to Trump and fellow Cabinet members about gun violence.
French spoke for many conservative lawmakers when he concluded that new gun-control laws would not have prevented any of the mass shootings in recent memory: "Time and again, existing laws failed, or no proposed new gun-control law would have prevented the purchase", he wrote. And a shooting in a Texas church in November left more than two dozen dead.
The powerful gun lobby group, staying characteristically silent in the aftermath of the mass shooting, has not posted on any of its social media accounts since the massacre occurred at around 2:30 PM ET on Wednesday.
Asked whether authorities should be able to confiscate guns from mentally ill people, Ryan said, "This is not the time to jump to some conclusion not knowing the full facts".
An image has surfaced that seems to confirm that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old individual charged with killing 17 high school students in a shooting rampage on February 14, was a supporter of President Donald Trump, 71.
"It was pretty chaotic, to be honest", Broward County Mayor Beam Furr told Morning Edition on Thursday.