On February 21, 2018, Andrew Pollack delivered a fiery speech in front of President Trump during a White House listening session. This session included family members and friends of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, Florida. Andrew’s daughter, Meadow, was murdered in the shooting, along with 16 more victims.
“My daughter has no voice.” Mr. Pollack said, “She was murdered last week.”
When you go to the airport, I can’t get on the plane with a bottle of water, but we leave it to 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 … not different parties, and we need to think together how we protect our schools …. We protect concerts, airports, stadiums, embassies the Department of Education, that has a security guard in the elevator, … 9/11 happened once, and they fixed everything …. It stops here with this administration and me, I’m not gonna sleep until it’s fixed and Mr. President, we are going to fix it!
#FixIt has been a significant pledge for Mr. Pollack and his sons, Meadow’s brothers, Hunter and Huck. He has fought to seek bipartisan solutions to increase school safety. He has expressed support for reforms such as adding metal detectors at school entrances, bulletproof windows, enhanced door-lock systems, ID checkpoints, and hiring security guards, including K9 units. Most notably, the Pollacks were instrumental for helping pass Florida Senate Bill SB7026 signed by then-Governor, and currently-Senator, Rick Scott. When it comes to access to guns, this bill raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period before purchase.
Furthermore, the law prohibits people with certain mental illnesses from buying guns and allows the police to confiscate weapons from people believed to be a danger to themselves and others. Also, this bill allocates money to school districts to higher resource officers and to enhance mental health services. Apart from pushing for legislation, Mr. Pollack has launched CLASS (Americans for Children’s Lives and School Safety). CLASS is a non-profit “devoted to helping parents advocate for the security of children and school personnel in schools.”
Unlike others, Mr. Pollack did not blame the Second Amendment, gun owners, the NRA, Dana Loesch, nor Sen. Marco Rubio. However, he did speak out against the way the Broward Sherriff’s Office handled the police response on the day of the shooting. This lead to the new Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, to suspend Sheriff Scott Israel for not addressing loopholes that allowed the shooter to purchase a firearm. Also, many of Israel’s deputies resigned because they failed to confront the shooter immediately and instead were waiting outside the school.
On September 10, Mr. Pollack’s book Why Meadow Died: The People and The Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students was released. The book will not just be an account of the events that took place on February 14, 2018. It aims to go much deeper into the “policies that made the shooting inevitable and are being forced into public schools across America.” The book has received praise from conservative figures like Dennis Prager but also from Cameron Kasky, one of the co-founders of March For Our Lives.
In addition to advocating for school safety, Mr. Pollack has not been shy about other issues. He has spoken up against anti-Semitism, against illegal immigration, and in favor of President Trump. Mr. Pollack enjoys exploring the outdoors with his dog, Sonny and has praised the actions of first responders, whether they have two or four legs.
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