Florida Shooting Victim’s Mother Shouts at Trump to ‘Please Do Something' About Guns

The mother of a 14-year-old girl shot and killed during Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, shouted at President Donald Trump on live television, urging him to take action on gun control.

"I just spent the last two hours putting the burial arrangements for my daughter’s funeral, who’s 14. President Trump, please do something. Do something. Action. We need it now. These kids need safety now,” said Lori Alhadeff during a CNN segment.

Alhadeff’s daughter, Alyssa, was one of the 17 people killed when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The grief-stricken mother questioned how someone with a gun could just walk into the school and start hurting children.

“How do we allow a gunman to come into our children’s school? How do they get through security, what security is there?” Alhadeff said. “There’s no metal detectors. The gunman, a crazy person, just walks right into the school knocks down the window of my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her and killing her.”

In his first address to the nation about the shooting Thursday morning, Trump made no mention of guns, in sharp contrast to his predecessor former President Barack Obama. Trump has addressed the nation four times following mass shootings but has repeatedly claimed the time was not right to discuss gun control measures. Alhadeff slammed the current president for his lack of action.

“President Trump, you say what can you do. You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands. Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools,” she said. “What can you do? You can do a lot. This is not fair to our family, that our children go to school and have to get killed.”

918560148 Kristi Gilroy hugs a young woman at a police check point near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed by a gunman on February 15 in Parkland, Florida. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump said in his speech Thursday that his administration was investigating the shooting, adding that state and local leaders are helping to “secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”

He went on to say that he would meet with the nation's governors and attorneys general later this month to discuss how to make a safer school environment for American children. Trump said he plans on visiting Parkland, Florida.

“It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference,” Trump said.

Wednesday's incident marks the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since 20 children and seven other people were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, five years ago. The suspect in Wednesday's shooting, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is currently in custody and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Cruz is believed to have mental health problems.