After putting together her daughter's burial arrangements, Lori Alhadeff bravely fronted a camera to demand Donald Trump make America's children safe.
It’s the video that is breaking hearts all over the world.
Lori Alhadeff’s raw interview with HLN‘s Mike Galanos — just a day after her daughter 14-year-old Alyssa was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by Nikolas Cruz — is a powerful call to action.
The grief-stricken parent had just finished the unimaginable task of organising Alyssa’s burial arrangements, when she said what everyone has been thinking since news broke of the gunman’s rampage.
“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. What can you do? You can do a lot,” she screams.
This is not fair to our families that our kids go to school and have to be killed.
She then takes a moment of pause before pleading with the President to protect American children.
“President Trump please do something. Do Something. Action, we need it now. These kids need safety now,” she begged.
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, on the ground in Parkland, Florida, fought back tears as she asked her guest Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch why nothing is being done.
“The speaker today really honed in on mental illness, which is absolutely germane to the conversation. I’m not dismissing that,” she begun.
“But in reading everything… from Republicans, mental health, mental illness, reading it in a Trump tweet today. I mean, you have this mother screaming at the President, who did take time today to try and be the consoler-in-chief… but I heard no how, I heard no specifics, I heard no mention of gun laws.”
I heard no how, I heard no specifics, I heard no mention of gun laws.
Congressman Deutch, also visibly shaken, said he had earlier been listening to horrific accounts from some of the students, including one who watched “my friend’s face get blown off”.
His suggestion for immediate action was to make access to AR-15-style rifles illegal.
Slaughters such as the Las Vegas concert, the Texas church, the Orlando night club, Sandy Hook, and now the Florida high school, were all carried out using an AR-15 or a variant of it, like the Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle that Cruz took into the school.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), which describes the AR-15 as “the most popular rifle in America”, estimates the public owns 8 million of them.
The description of the firearm is deeply unsettling.
“Today, the AR-15 has soared in popularity amongst gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate that can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations,” a blog written by the NRA says.