Trump Emphasizes Mental Health, School Safety After 17 Die In Shooting

A woman cries during a candlelight vigil for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla

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Since January 2013, there have been at least 291 school shootings across the country - an average of one a week, according to non-profit group Everytown for Gun Safety.

The president has said he will raise the issue of school violence when he meets later this month with state governors and attorneys general in Washington. "It is meant to demonstrate the need to use the resources available in order to provide another level of protection", Red also warned in the post. The most jarring of those took place in 2012, when 20 young children and six adults were slain at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, gunned down students and staff with a rifle on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. As it has gone on, with little resolution, school shootings have continued.

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Early Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted, "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior".

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted it had received a warning last month that the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow it up.

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In an address delivered from the White House, Trump said he plans to visit families in Parkland and work with "state and local leaders" to "tackle the hard issue of mental health".

Gun control advocates have criticised the easy access to AR-15 rifles, a civilian version of the USA military M16.

But the FBI's admission and "deep regret" do very little to console mourners as they begin to pay their respects at the first of 17 funerals.

In a recurring nightmare that appalls millions of Americans and is unfathomable overseas, the Florida carnage was the 18th U.S. school shooting since January 1. On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress to "look at" possible fixes for gun violence.

Yet each time, the event unfolds in the same way.

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