- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2018

A man whose 18-year-old daughter was killed during the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting chastised Fox News’ Chris Wallace and other media Sunday for spending too much time focusing on gun control instead of trying to come up with solutions to making schools safer.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of the 17 students and teachers killed on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, made the comments on “Fox News Sunday” after Florida Gov. Rick Scott appeared on the show to discuss his school safety proposal, which includes raising the age on gun sales to 21 and banning the sale of bump-stock attachments.

Mr. Pollack argued that gun control is too divisive an issue and that school safety is something that most Americans would be able to agree upon.

“What you are focusing on — polarizing this event, the murder of these kids — you’re talking about gun control. I just had to listen to you and Gov. Scott talk about gun control,” the father said. “Gun control is a big issue. No one in America is going to come together on gun control, Chris. You didn’t say one thing about fixing it. The American people, we could get together on school safety, but when you polarize it, this event and every other media, we don’t care about gun control right now.”

“It’s not about guns now. Today, it’s not about guns. It’s about the safety in our schools,” he said. “My kid is not here because the schools weren’t safe, that’s the main thing. If you go into a courthouse, the judge is safe. The stenographer is not worried someone is coming in with a gun because they can’t get in with a gun.”

“The American people, we just want our school safe. We don’t want to talk about guns right now,” he added.

Mr. Pollack made national headlines last week after he gave an emotional plea for school safety at President Trump’s listening session on gun violence at a White House.

“How many schools, how many children have to get shot?” he asked. “It stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed. And Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not going to rest.”

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