During a trip to Texas, Vice President Mike Pence honored the survivors and those lost during the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. He told those in attendance, “I know it’s on all of our hearts and on our minds.”
“In America, we mourn with those who mourn, and we grieve with those who grieve,” he said. “And as the President said yesterday, ‘Our entire nation is praying for the victims and their families.’”
He continued, “The heartache in Broward County is unimaginable, but it’s a heartache that Texas knows all too well. The last time my wife and I were in Texas, we spent time in Sutherland Springs, with the families of the fallen and the injured in the wake of the worst shooting at a place of worship in our nation’s history.” Adding, “Then, as now, hearts were broken. Then, as now, heroes were forged. Once again, our nation grieves for the loss of lives of promise. And once again, our nation is inspired by stories of selfless acts of courage.”
Pence took time to honor victim 14-year-old Alaina Petty, a member of the Junior ROTC, and Coach Aaron Feis, who witnesses say jumped in front of a hail of bullets to protect students.
“But we will remember, and we will mourn,” Pence said. “And as President Trump did last night when he visited the Broward Health North Hospital, we will come alongside the injured and their families as they recover.”
He continued, “As your Vice President, let me assure you: We are continuing to bring the full resources of the federal government to bear in support of Broward County Sheriff’s Office and in support of this investigation. We will get to the bottom of what happened here.”
The Vice President also spoke on gun control and the economy. He gave the remarks at the America First Policies Tax Reform Event in Dallas, Texas.