The father of a student killed in last month’s shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Monday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE’s action on school safety, but urged him and others to stop saying they want to arm teachers.

“You’ve got to stop saying ‘arm the teachers.’ That’s doing a disservice to the people of Florida,” Andrew Pollack said on Fox Business’s “Varney & Co.”

“It’s about getting trained, qualified people in the right places to protect our children. That’s what it’s about,” he continued.


Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was one of 17 people killed when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. The shooting prompted renewed discussion over gun laws and how to prevent school shootings. 

The Trump administration on Sunday unveiled a series of proposals on school safety and gun restrictions, including a push for states to provide firearms training for school staff members. Trump himself has frequently advocated for training and arming teachers.

The plan does not include any proposed legislation on guns, but establishes a federal commission to assess best practices for improving school safety.

Pollack, who is a Trump supporter, praised the president Monday for "stepping up and taking action for the interest of the people."

Pollack said he and other families are satisfied with a bill Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed last week, despite opposition from the National Rifle Association. 

The bill raises the minimum age requirement to purchase a rifle in the state, imposes a three-day waiting period for most long gun purchases and allows certain trained school employees to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

Pollack said he believes the Florida bill “moves the country in the right direction.” He said he plans to craft a bill himself similar to the one Scott signed and present it to lawmakers in other states.

“My plan is to take this bill to every other governor in the country and put them on notice. I want them to be proactive,” he said.