Ryan: Don't roll Florida school shooting conversation into 'taking away citizens' rights'

Ryan: Don't roll Florida school shooting conversation into 'taking away citizens' rights'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump 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 John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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.”