Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) early Thursday warned against rolling the conversation around Wednesday's deadly shooting at a Florida high school into “taking away citizens’ rights” to own guns.
“There’s more questions than answers at this stage,” Ryan told Indiana radio host Tony Katz.
“I don’t think that means you then roll the conversation into taking away citizens’ rights — taking away a law-abiding citizen’s rights. Obviously this conversation typically goes there," he added.
"Right now, I think we need to take a breath and collect the facts.”
Ryan made the comments in a radio interview less than 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was taken into custody Wednesday.
Ryan called the shooting “horrific,” and said that he thinks Congress needs to wait for more facts about the shooter’s motivation and past criminal record.
“I think we need to pray, and our hearts go out to these victims,” Ryan said. “And I think, as public policymakers, we don’t just knee-jerk before we even have all the facts and the data.”
President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE and other lawmakers have expressed their condolences and offered “thoughts and prayers” in response to the shooting. Trump is expected to address the nation on Thursday about the shooting.
Students who survived the shooting appeared on CNN Thursday morning pleading with Congress to take action to prevent another shooting.
“Please, this is the 18th one this year,” one student said. “That's unacceptable. We are children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together, come over your politics and get something done.”