WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, state and federal leaders are searching for answers. President Donald Trump invited officials from around the country to participate in a roundtable Thursday. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill (R-IN) was one of the guests. Hill sparred with President Trump telling him what works and what doesn’t work in his home state.
Indiana AG Curtis Hill says he doesn't want schools to become armed camps, but wants to prevent mass shootings.
“There is a impetus for action, not just a conversation, not just a discussion, but to get things done. And not just get something done but get the right things done,” said Hill.
Ideas floated from local, state and federal officials, including President Trump himself. The president multiple times hinted at arming adept schoolteachers to prevent mass shootings. He even suggested teachers receiving a bonus for carrying a firearm.
“We don’t want schools being armed camps, but we don’t want kids being mowed down by firepower. So we have to understand that there are a variety of ways to address the issue,” said Hill.
Hill mentioned technology and bulletproof doors serving as deterrents for school shootings. President Trump reiterated the need for armed personnel.
“Do you have anybody inside with a gun who can take on the man that’s right outside the door, who by the way can shoot right through the steel doors,” said President Trump.
Another method Hill brought to the president’s attention are “red flag laws”. Hill says Indiana law enforcement officers can secure weapons from individuals they deem to be a danger to themselves or others.
“Be able to seek a warrant and in some cases secure weapons without a warrant but certainly applying properly to the court so that there’s due process,” said Hill.
Parents remain skeptical about efforts at the White House. Working in tandem with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, some say they fear a continued state of gridlock on this issue.
“What we’ve seen so far with the Trump administration is either a lot of talk and no action, or action in the wrong way,” said Sarah Dachoss from Mom’s Demand Action.
Dachoss is a mother of a two-year old. She is a 20-year Navy veteran and says she is an expert pistol and rifle shot. But Dachoss says she does not want to be in a school with a gun. She says reform needs to involve universal background checks and other gun control measures, not the addition of more guns to the equation.
“The right answer is that people who should not have guns should not be allowed to have guns,” said Dachoss.
The president said he would push for comprehensive background checks. It is unclear what that effort will entail.