Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was killed in the recent Parkland shooting, appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” and railed against the media for making the incident about gun control rather than “school safety.”
Here’s the exchange between host Chris Wallace and Pollack:
WALLACE: I want to say right at the start how sorry all of us are for your loss, and what you’ve had to go through. Andrew, when you were at the White House at that very raw, emotional moment, you said, “Look, after 9/11, we fixed the situation; we made it a lot harder for people to get onto planes with guns.” When you hear what Governor Scott just said; when you hear what President Trump is saying; will that fix the problem?
POLLACK: It’s not gonna be fixed because I just heard what you said, what you’re focusing on. Polarizing this event – the murder of these kids. You’re talking about gun control. I just had to listen to you and Governor Scott talk about gun control.
Gun control is a big issue. No one in America is gonna come together on gun control, Chris. We’re here – 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. That’s a big issue in the country and you’re not going to get everyone together on it. But we’re gonna get everyone together on fixing our schools.
And I just listened to you…you didn’t mention one question to Governor Scott about what are we gonna do about the security for our children – how are we gonna do that?
But you’re just talking about gun control, which is gonna just give you more ratings…
Our kids are going to school in Kentucky on Monday – how are those kids safe? How about bringing that up to the media? How about bringing that up to Governor Scott? Not about guns. It’s not about guns now. Today, it’s not about guns, it’s about the safety in our schools. …
My kid’s not here because the schools weren’t safe – that’s the main thing. You go into a courthouse, the judge is safe; the stenographer’s not worried someone’s coming in with a gun because they can’t get in with a gun. The American people, we just want our schools safe. We don’t wanna talk about guns right now.
Pollack’s reply to Chris Wallace is reminiscent of a video from gun rights activist and lawyer, Colion Noir, uploaded to YouTube on February 18.
In the video, Noir says:
“Gun Free Zone” signs don’t keep guns out of schools, especially guns in the hands of mass-murderers who aren’t fazed by signs telling them they’re not supposed to bring guns into schools. But you know what does? Metal detectors. Put metal detectors in our schools. You wanna know why they have metal detectors in courthouses, airports, and stadiums? Because it prevents mass-murderers from getting guns into these places infinitely better than a sign on a window.
And if a mass-murderer does try to bring a gun into a school and sets the metal detectors off, guess who should be there, ready and willing to stop them? Armed guards. We use armed guards at banks, armed guards at jewelry stores; we use armed guards to protect everything we consider valuable. I can’t think of anything more valuable than our kids.
In the wake of the shooting, the media has remained laser focused on gun control, with CNN even hosting a “town hall” event featuring students from Parkland.