On MSNBC, the mother of a Sandy Hook victim highlights bipartisan, common sense legislation to mitigate shooting incidents
Nicole Hockley: "Thoughts and prayers are incredibly important, but if they're not backed up with action, then they're meaningless"
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From the February 15 edition of MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle:
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STEPHANIE RUHLE (HOST): You're the managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise. Sandy Hook's Promise is working to make schools safer. For you, this is not about gun control. This is about understanding the person behind the gun. And you point out the similarities here. The community in Broward knew the shooter posed a threat just as your community knew the shooter was a threat in Newtown. But the problem is how to deal with that threat. And this is where you say Extreme Risk Protection Orders. People might not know this. ERPOs are coming into place. What is that?
There's 300 million guns in America. Taking them away is not a solution. Arming more people and putting guns everywhere also not a solution. No evidence to say that that makes anyone safer. Arming teachers and students. Not a great idea. Let's arm them instead with tools and knowledge so that they know how to prevent these acts before they happen. This is what we need to be focused on. Extreme Risk Protections Orders are fantastic legislation. It's a state-led legislation only currently in four states. Nineteen other states are looking at it. Florida needs this. First, we need to teach people how to know these signs, how do you recognize it, and then an ERPO can ensure there's a due process in place to ensure that those signs are then acted on.
HOCKLEY: I want to hear action. I know -- I'm sure President Trump will be talking about and offering his condolences. This is an incredibly devastating crisis in our country. And all of our hearts are with Parkland. And I'm sure he will say that, but I want to hear his action plan. We've heard his action plan on other elements of crisis in our country. What is he going to do about the problem that we have right now that is killing over 30,000 people every day, that killed 17 beautiful lives yesterday and God knows how many other lives yesterday in shootings that we're not even hearing about. There are things that we need to do. Get the political rhetoric out the door. Get those fights off the table. I'm not interested anymore. It doesn't matter. People are dying and there are actions we can take to save them today and that's what I want to hear from the president.