Speech to President Donald Trump
A week after Andrew Pollack lost his daughter Meadow, he flew up to Washington, D.C. At a White House listening session with President Trump he gave this speech.
I’m here because my daughter has no voice. She was murdered last week. She was taken from us. Shot nine times on the third floor. We, as a country, failed our children. This shouldn’t happen. We go to the airport I can’t get on a plane with a bottle of water, but we leave some animal to walk into the school and shoot our children. It’s just not right and we need to come together as a country and work on what’s important. And that’s protecting our children in the schools. That’s the only thing that matters right now. … Everyone has to come together as a country, not different parties, and figure out how we protect the schools. It’s simple. It’s not difficult. We protect airports, we protect concerts, stadiums, embassies, the Department of Education that I walked into today that has a security guard in the elevator. … I’m very angry that this happened, because it keeps happening. 9/11 happened once and they fixed everything. How many schools, how many children have to get shot? It’ stops here with this administration and me. I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed. And, Mr. President, we’re going to fix it. Because I’m going to fix it. I’m not gonna rest. Look, my boys need to live with this. You guys, look at this. Me, I’m a man. But to see your children go through this… bury their sister… there should have been one school shooting, and we should have fixed it! And I’m pissed! Because my daughter, I’m not going to see again. She’s not here. She’s at King David Cemetery. That’s where I go to see my kid now. And it stops. We all work together, and come up with the right idea and it’s school safety.”