- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2018

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Monday that President Trump wants to propose legislation that’s going to make the most difference and not just appease public emotions.

“Legislation can’t just feel good. Legislation has to do good,” Mr. Gidley said on Fox News.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to meet with governors across the country and lawmakers at the White House Monday to discuss the issue of gun violence, particularly in schools, in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida nearly two weeks ago.

“The president has already met with the grieving families. It was broadcast on air across the country. He’s met with local law enforcement. Now he talks to governors and some of the lawmakers to try and figure out what would have stopped such a horrific tragedy,” Mr. Gidley explained.

The mass shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, brought the issue of gun violence back to the political forefront. Seventeen people were killed at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School when the suspected gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, opened fire using an AR-15.

Students at the school have taken on an activist role, going to Tallahassee to demand action from lawmakers and pushing to change existing gun laws. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a proposal on Friday to address school safety concerns.

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