President Trump Hosts the 2018 White House Business Session with Our Nation’s Governors
Well thank you for the warm welcome, and. I trust you all have had a productive, and in, meaningful, morning, the. Governor sandable to governor Bullock, to. All of America's, governors who are gathered here for this important. National. Meeting, on. Behalf of the first family and our, entire cabinet thank you for being here today, and. More. Importantly. Thank. You for your, service. To the people of your, state and to, the people of this nation. We are proud of our governors across America. One. Year ago President, Trump told all of you at this gathering that in his words under. This administration we're, going to have a true partnership a true. Partnership of collaboration, and cooperation with, governors in America, and as, a former governor I'm. Very proud to see, the progress that we have all made, together. For, the American people since. Day one of this administration. We've. Been partnering, with each and every one of you in good. Times and, in challenging, times on we've. Been working on the issues that matter most of the American people jobs energy combating. Opiate abuse land. Management and so much more we've. Been inspired, we've. Been inspired by the leadership of, governors. Of our states and territories in, the midst of hurricanes. And wildfires, and. We commend, our governor's for your outstanding, leadership. In, these challenging, times. Through. All of it we've, generated. Real results for the American people thanks. To the president's leadership and all of, your efforts, we've. Made remarkable progress in the past year 2.5. Million new jobs unemployment. At a 17-year. Low wages. Are beginning to rise all across America, business confidence, is soaring and the. American economy is roaring back. We. All share the credit for that we. All share the responsibility, of serving all the people of this great nation so. We. Thank you for your collaboration and your partnership in the. Progress that we've made. But. Today is about partnering, with you, for. What matters most. Ensuring. The safety and security of our children and schools. As. President Trump said in the immediate aftermath of, the. Horrific attack in parkland. Florida no, child no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school and, president. Trump as he will reiterate to you today. President. Trump has made school safety. Our administration's. Top, priority. One. Week ago in this very room the, president and I met with the, family, of meadow. Pollack a beautiful, young lady who lost her life in the terrible attack in Florida we met with other students, and families reeling. From that attack, we. Also sat with families from Sandy. Hook and from. Columbine, who, still bear the scars in their. Hearts for similar incidents, that, took place in their communities. And. As the president said and I. Can echo will will never forget, that, time. President. Trump has been busy listening to law enforcement officials he but. At the bottom line he recognizes. That Public. Safety and education are. Principally. A state. And local, function, so. Today we want to hear from you, America's. Governors we. Want to hear what you're doing we. Want to hear your ideas, for reform at, the federal level. It's. Good for me to be among some former colleagues, and friends, and. And. Let. Me share, with each and every one of you I've now. Served with this president for over a year, we've. Become very close. I, cherish. Our friendship. What. I know of this president, is he's got broad shoulders and, a. Big heart and. Like. Governor's all across America, I also. Know that this president, is all about, results. As. The. President said quote it's not enough to simply take actions, and make us feel like we're making a difference, we. Must actually, make that, difference. And I. Promise, you he means. It from the bottom of his heart. So. Today I urge, you to bring your candor and your counsel to this president and, know, that he's listening he's listening. With the, respect, that, she generated, from knowing the jobs that each and every one of you do every day for. The citizens of your states all across this country and, I, know in. My heart that with. President, Trump's leadership, with. Your leadership in your states and with. God's help will end this evil in our time.
So. Now it is my high honor and, distinct. Privilege to introduce to you my friend and a. Leader who is absolutely. Committed to, working. Together with each and every one of you to. Advance the safety, and the prosperity, of the American, people the 45th, President of the United States of America, President, Donald Trump. Thank, you everybody. I Rick. Thank. You very much. And. I want to thank our, vice president, for that, really lovely introduction, that was very nice Mike and I appreciate it this. Is a time of great opportunity. For, our country we've, created nearly 3 million jobs since the election, a number. That nobody would have thought possible. You. Go back and take a look at what they were saying just prior to the election nobody thought it was even. Possible. And. We've done many other things as you know and I won't go over them because I want, to be hearing from you today but. Many other things that frankly nobody thought possible, GDP. 3.2. 3, 3 I think. We're gonna have another really, big one coming up this current. Quarter maybe, a number that, nobody. Would have thought. Would. Ever be hit but, I think we're gonna have a very good number because of the stimulus, because of the massive tax cuts that. We're all benefit, whether you're Republican or, Democrat you're benefiting, tremendously, from those tax cuts Apple's. Investing, 350. Billion in the United States and you. Look at what's going on it's it's, really quite something. You. Just read a week. Ago Exxon, is now coming in with 50 billion dollars and many. Many companies. Also. Something. That nobody expected they're, also coming in with massive. Bonuses. For their workers nobody, thought in terms of that we, know that everybody is going to get a lot, more income, and we've seen that as of February 1st everyone say wow I have an extra. 250 dollars in my paycheck, and that's. Pretty, good stuff so we knew that was going to happen we didn't know that hundreds. And hundreds of companies millions. And millions of people were going to be getting large bonuses, because of what we did and. One. Of the things were working on is fair and reciprocal. Trade, deals we're. Not being treated fairly you. As governors are not being treated fairly and. When. I get too tough with the country you're always calling oh gee don't do that but I must say it's more senators, in Congress men, and women that call you.
Haven't Been calling so much you, want to see great deals but. We have to make the deals fair, you. Know with. Mexico. It's an example we probably. Lose. A hundred, and thirty billion dollars, a year now. For years I've been saying for last. Year and a half I've been saying 71, billion but it's really not, and. They have a VAT tax of 16 percent and we don't have a tax and. At. Some point, we. Have to get stronger and smarter, because. We cannot continue, to lose, that. Kind of money with one, country we lose a lot with Canada, people don't know it Canada. Is very smooth. They. Have you believe that it's wonderful, and it is for them not wonderful, for us it's wonderful for them, so. We have to. Start. Showing that we know what we're doing World, Trade Organization. A catastrophe. China. Became strong, you look at it it. Was going like this for years and years and hundreds, of years it's, going just like this I'm a great I have. Great respect for President Xi by the way so. I'm not blaming them I'm not blaming Mexico, I'm not blaming anybody I'm blaming us because we did. Such a poor job for so many years I'm not just talking about President, Obama talking. About, many. Many, many. Presidents for, 30. Years 35, years but. World Trade Organization. Makes, it almost impossible for, us to do good business we. Lose the cases, we don't have the judges. We. Have a minority of judges. It's. Almost as bad as the ninth circuit nothing's. As bad as the ninth circuit it's almost as bad speaking. Of that Daka is going to be put back into the ninth circuit you, know we tried to get it moved. Quickly because we'd like to help duck I think everybody in this room wants to help with, daca but. The Supreme Court just ruled that it has to go through the normal channels so it's going back in and. There. Won't be any surprise I mean it's, really sad when every single case filed against this is in the ninth circuit we lose we lose we lose and then we do fine in the Supreme Court but. What does that tell you about our court system it's a very very. Saying things so doc is going back and. We'll see what happens from, there so. We want fair. Trade. Deals we. Want reciprocal. Trade deals. Scott. Walker has a wonderful. Company quote, Harley. Davidson in Wisconsin, right great, so. When they send a motorcycle, to India as an. Example they. Have to pay a hundred percent tax, hundred percent, now. The. Prime Minister who I think, is a fantastic, man called. Me the other day he said we are lowering it to 50, percent I said okay but so far we're getting nothing so we get nothing, he, gets 50 and they think we're doing like they're doing us a favor that's, not a favor and you, know what I'm talking about it's a great company when, I, spoke. With your chairman or the president, of Harley, they. Weren't even asking for it because they've been ripped. Off with, trade so long that. They were surprised that I brought it up I'm the one that's pushing it more than they are but. It's unfair and India, sells us a lot of motorbikes so, when they have a motorbike, a big. Number by the way they have a company that does a lot of business so. They have a motorcycle. Or a motorbike that comes into our country, the. Number is 0, we. Get 0. They. Get 100%, brought. Down to 75, brought down now 250 okay, and, I, wasn't sure he. Said it so beautifully. He's. A beautiful man, and. He said I just want to inform you that we. Have reduced, it to, 75 but, we have further reduced it to 50 and I said huh. What. Do I say how am I supposed to be thrilled and that's. Not good for you people especially, as, as. Governors, it's just not it's just not right, and we have many deals like that now, with, all of that being said let's talk China. Because. China we, probably lost. 504, billion. Dollars last year entre 504. Billion I. Think. That President, Xi. Is unique. He's. Helping us with North Korea who by the way wants to talk as of, last night you heard that they want to talk, and. We. Want to talk also, only under, the right conditions otherwise. We're not talking you know they've been talking for 25, years other. Presidents, should have solved this problem long before I got here and they've. Been talking for 25 years and you know what happened nothing. The. Clinton administration. Spent billions and, billions of dollars they gave them billions, they. Built things for them, they. Went out of their way in the day after the agreement was signed they started they. Continued, with nuclear research. It. Was horrible. The. Bush administration. Did nothing both the. Obama. Administration. Wanted. To do something, he told me it's a single biggest problem that this, country has, but. They didn't do anything and, it, would have been much easier in those days than it is now I think most people understand, that. But. We've, been very tough with them. China's, been good but they haven't been great, China has really.
Done. More probably, than they've ever done because, of my relationship we have a very good relationship, but. President, Xi is for China and I'm, for the United States and. Russia. Is behaving. Badly because, Russia is sending, in what, China is taking out. So. China is doing pretty good numbers but Russia is now sending. A lot of stuff in, but. I think they want to see it come to an end also I think everybody, does talking, about. Tremendous. Potential. Loss of lives numbers, that nobody's ever even contemplated. Never thought of so. They want to talk first. Time they, want to talk and, we'll. See what happens that's my attitude we'll, see what happens but something, has to be done. Today. I want to hear your ideas, on a number of critical. Issues. But. Most importantly, we want to discuss the public. Safety in. Schools and public. Safety generally. But. School safety we can't have this go, on, I'm. Grateful that Governor Rick Scott is here and we thank him for his leadership in, the after, meThe of the terrible tragedy, in parkland, Florida, horrible. Our. Nation, is heartbroken, we. Continue, to mourn the loss of so many precious innocent, young lives these, are, incredible. People I visited, a lot, of them. But. We'll turn. Our. Grief into action we have to have action, we. Don't have any action it happens, a week. Goes by let's. Keep talking another, week goes by we, keep talking two. Months go by all of a sudden everybody's, off. To. The next subject then when it happens again everybody's, angry and let's start talking again we artists we gotta stop, by. The way bump stalks were writing that out I'm writing that out myself I don't care if Congress does it or not I'm writing it out myself okay. You. Put it into the machine gun category, which is what it is it becomes essentially, a machine gun and nobody's, gonna be able it's gonna be very hard to get them so we're writing out bump stocks but. We have to take steps to harden our schools so. That they're less vulnerable to attack this. Includes, allowing well, trained and certified school. Personnel, to carry concealed, firearm, it's at some, point you. Need volume, I don't, know that a school is gonna be able to hire a hundred security. Guards that are armed, plus. You know I got to watch some. Deputy, sheriff's, performing. This weekend they weren't exactly. Medal. Of Honor winners, alright. The way they performed, was, frankly. Disgusting. They. Were listening to what was going on the one in particular he was then he was earlier than you had three others that. Probably. A similar. Deal. A little bit later but a similar kind of a thing you. Know, I really believe you don't know until you test it but I think I really, believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon and. I think most of the people in this room would have done that too because, I know most, of you, but. The way they performed, was was.
Really A disgrace, second. We must confront the issue of mental health and, and here is the best example of. Mental. Health this kid had 39, red flags. They. Should have known they, did no they didn't do anything about it that. Was really a. Bad. Time I have to tell you nobody bigger for law enforcement than. I am, but. Between. The. People that didn't go into that school and protect those lives and the, fact that this should have been solved. Long before it happened, pretty. Sad so. We have to confront the issue and we have to discuss, mental health and we have to do something about it, you. Know in the old days we had mental institutions. In. A lot of them and you could nab somebody, like this because you know they did they knew he was something, was off you. Had to know that people. Were calling all over the place. But. You. Used, to be able to bring him into a mental institution, and hopefully, he gets help or whatever, but. He's off the streets you. Can't arrest him I guess cuz he hasn't done anything but you know he's like a boiler, ready to explode, right so he's he. Just you, have to do something but you can't put him in jail, I guess because he hasn't done anything, but. In the old days you'd put him into a mental institution. And. We had them in New York and our government. Started, closing them because of cost. And. We're gonna have to start talking about mental institutions, because a lot of the folks in this room closed, their mental institutions, also so we have no halfway we, have nothing between a prison, and leaving. Them at his house which we can't do anymore, so. I think you folks have to start thinking about that third we have to improve our early warning response, system, so that when friends family and neighbors, do. Warn the authorities about, a violent. Or dangerous individual. Action, is taken, quickly and decisively look, you had the one mother if. You remember in Connecticut, so horrible, that was she was begging. Begging. To. Take her son in and help him do something anything he's so dangerous and nobody really, listened, to her and he, ended up killing her and, then. The rest you know what happened, it. Was a horror, but. She was begging, to. Do something about her own son.
Recently. You had a grandmother, that got, to see the. Notes of, her grandchild. And she reported him and they nabbed him he was ready to go in for a school look like, she. Reported, him and there. The law enforcement, did. A very good job fourth. We must pursue, common-sense, measures. That, protect the, constitutional. Rights of law-abiding Americans, while, keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others. And fifth. We must strive to create a culture, in our country, that cherishes. Life and, condemns, violence, and embraces, dignity, now, with. All of that over, the weekend. I cannot believe the press didn't find, this out I can't believe it I think. They're getting a little bit I could. Never use the word lazy you don't want to say that we. Don't want to give them any more enthusiasm, than they already have but I can't believe they didn't figure this one because. I had lunch with Wayne, LaPierre Chris. Cox and David Lehman of the NRA. And. I want to tell you they want to do something and I said fellas we got to do something, it's. Too long now well we got to do something and we're. Gonna do very strong background checks. Very. Strong we've got to do background checks if we see a sicko. I don't want him having a gun and you know I know it was a time. When. Anybody, could have I mean even, if they were sick they were fighting and I said fellas we can't do it anymore and there's no bigger fan of the Second Amendment than me and there's no bigger fan of the NRA and these. Guys are great Patriots, they're great people and they, want to do something they got to do something, and. They're. Gonna do it I think, quickly I think they want to see it but. We don't want to have sick people, having, the right to have a gun plus, when, we see somebody is sick like this guy when the police went to see him they, didn't do a good job. But. They have restrictions, on what they can do we, got to give them immediate access to, taking those guns away. So. That they don't just leave and he sit there with seven different weapons. Got. To give them immediate access, don't. Worry you're not gonna get any, you. Won't don't worry about the NRA they're on our side you guys have for you are so afraid of the NRA there's, nothing to be afraid of. And, you know what if then our with, you we have to fight them every once in a while that's okay, they're.
Doing What they think is right I will tell you they are doing what they think is right but. Sometimes we're gonna have to be very tough and we're gonna have to fight them but we need strong background, checks for a long period of time people. Resisted, that but. Now people I think are really into it and John. Cornyn great, guy senator. Mitch. McConnell, Paul. Ryan and Kevin McCarthy, hopefully. Are going to work on some legislation I hope you guys they started, already in fact. John has legislation, in we're going to strengthen it we're going to make it more, pertinent, to what we're, discussing. But, he's already started, the process we've, already started, it and. The. Other thing we need hardened sites we have to have hardened sites so. Just in concluding. We. Have tremendous. Things. Happening, the. Country is doing well and then we have a setback like this that's so, heart-wrenching. So. Heart-wrenching and. We. Have to we, have to clean it up we have to straighten, it out you know it's wonderful that we're setting records in the economy, were setting records. Black. Unemployment, at. An, all-time historical. Low Hispanic. Unemployment. At a historical. Low women unemployment. At an. 18-year. Low eighteen years, and. Actually. I did very well with women during the election nobody wants to give me credit for that as you know but. Eight. And I'm very proud of it to me these are incredible, statistics, and very. Importantly, we're doing our. Companies are doing well the fundamentals, are beyond what literally. Beyond what anyone's ever seen this, isn't a bubble you know there was bubbles, in the past because these companies were valued and nobody understood where were their money, where's. The money and, these. Are really strong companies, we're building now we have tremendous, underlying. Value, I want, to bring the steel industry back, into our country. That. Takes tariffs, let him take tariffs, okay maybe. It'll cost a little bit more but we'll have jobs let, it take tariffs, I want to bring aluminum back into our country these, plants are all closing or closed. Recently. We put a tariff. On washing machines because we were getting killed believe. It or not on washing, machines and solar panels. That. Was 2 months ago you have to see the activity, on, new. Plants, being. Built for, washing machines and for solar panels we, had 32, solar, panel, plants, of the. 32 30, were closed and. 2. Were on life to. Life, resuscitation. They were dead. Now. They're, talking about opening, up many, of them reopening. Plants, that have been closed for a long time and, we. Make better solar panels. Than. China one, of the knocks. Were that the solar panels, were lousy they weren't good, we. Make a much, higher. Quality. Solar. Panel, so, after. 2 months we're. Opening up at least 5 plants, and other plants, are expanding, on the washing machines which by the way it sounds like sort of a little hokey to say Washington it's a big business, it's. A very big business. But. Then you look and you see Clark like I won't, mention I, won't. Mention countries, I would never do that, but. How. Many Chevrolet's, are in the middle of Berlin. How. Many, Ford's.
Are In the middle of Tokyo not. Too many, in. Fact Ford, sort of closed up their. Operation, in Japan because they couldn't get cars in there I spoke to Prime Minister Robby, another great friend of me is a great person, but. I said listen you're sending us millions of cars and. If. We send you one and if we make, it so perfect, they actually told me a case where they made this car so good this. Was they spent a fortune they had the best environmental, the best this the best skins the best everything, you can have in a car the best safety. They. Brought it in and after. Inspections. That lasted, forever it was, rejected. You. See that's a form of tariffs too maybe. That's a more deadly form of tariffs. That to me is just. As deadly as. 50. Percent and 25. Percent and a. Hundred, percent in men cases, so. We're gonna straighten it out we've already started I mean the first year is just we laid the seeds you know a lot of it is statutory, where you. Can't do. Anything unless you go through a process, well. Now through. Our, great team we've gone through that process many, of the said other words you'll do a rule you have to wait 90 days that's sort of what's happening with the bump stocks I'm waiting for the next process but it's gone just don't worry about it it's, gone, essentially. Gone because we're gonna make it so tough that you're. Not gonna be able to get him nobody's gonna want him anyway you know bump stocks you. Shoot rapidly, but not. Accurately, I don't know if you have ever heard what a bump stock does the. Bullets come out fast but you don't know where the hell they're going, that's. Why nobody even. Really, too much came to its defense. But. But he used it in Las Vegas he, was using bump stocks in Las Vegas as you know so we're getting rid of them, so. You're. Gonna ask questions, I'm gonna help you folks we're gonna get all, of the things that we want to do whether it's transportation whether. It's safety whether, it's, law. And order. One. Of the things that the past administration would not do is give this incredible. Equipment that we have excess, military, equipment wouldn't give it to your police would. Not give it to your law enforcement they, didn't like. The idea of, the administration, of armored. Vehicles, I guess. Maybe. They'd, rather have you look, why wouldn't they want that people. Were in danger people were being killed people are being shot people are being hit with rocks during. Some. Bad times in some rough places and we've. Given, out hundreds, of millions of dollars worth of our excess. Military. Equipment, to your police forces, and I will tell you every time I go to one of your cities they. Come up to me the police and they say thank you so much for that equipment we feel so much. Safer. Where they can go in an armored van up to a site and not. Worried about being shot or hit in the head with a rock and, to. Me it's common sense but you know what, can I tell you but I will say this your your. Group really appreciates, it so, with that I'm gonna ask Brian to say a couple of, words and then, we'll go around we'll take some questions, maybe, we'll have Rick Scott come up second. And. I'm here as long as you need me let's, let's. Get it all out we. Want to help the governors we want to help our states and we, want to make our schools safe, right, please. Mr.. President thank you and I truly appreciate, you I appreciate all the members of the cabinet on, behalf of all the governor's I want to thank you for your hospitality in the first lady's hospitality. Yesterday. Evening it was an extraordinary, night and truly a privilege to be able to. Visit. And enjoy. Fellowship. Mr.. President. Appreciate, again your having us all today we can talk about issues with regard to infrastructure. Workforce. Development. Combating. Opioids. Prison. Reform, agriculture. Health care workforce. All. These different issues and those are things that we all need. To talk about but. The, issue of the day is school, safety is, public. Safety mr. president. You. Know I shared this last night, mr.. President after the. Massacre. In Las Vegas the mass shooting, where. We lost 58 people over, 500. People were injured, this. Was a person, who used those bumps talks and I personally, want to thank you for, taking action to eliminate those, because, it, essentially, was a killing, field down. There where we had 20,000. People who. Were. Simply, helpless and, that. Is an important first step you mentioned in your remarks school. Safety and public safety and we need to have this national conversation, with. Regard to what we're going to do I suppose. You. Were looking for some, suggestions, some ideas. And it'll, come in the form of questions as well but I would suggest. Mr.. President with regard to the scope of the FBI.
Background Checks, if we could broaden those mr. president, because I know in my state our, background, checks are much broader when. We do an FBI background check, it does not include an adjudication, of mental illness, it. Does not include an adjudication, of a domestic violence protection order or conviction. For domestic. Violence, I think. Those are things that nessa lutely. Need to be included. In there are other categories, that would be included in an expansion, of FBI background, checks, we talked about this at dinner with. Regard to Governor Scott and again my heart, goes. Out to you into the victims there. In Florida and Texas and everywhere else where. This has happened and it we, need to have this national conversation we. Need to bring the. Strength the wisdom of all the governors and everyone else across the country to have this conversation, something. Else that we have done in Nevada with regard to school safety as. I included in my budget more. Money for social workers in the schools we've had shootings where we've had bullied students, that. Didn't have access to resources at the schools so now we have a social. Work in every school, so somebody come to that mr. president we talked about that last night and that's. Something else that we can do but, again. Having. A room together like this there's, no problem that we cannot solve every. One of us brings. A unique experience. That, we. Can come to solve this problem you're. Right mr., governor mr. president, is a is a parent, of a daughter who. Attends a middle school where there was simply a rumor, that something. Could happen and one, day later half the school was absent, we. Can't have parents, living in fear we, can't have students, living in fear they, can't teach the, kids can't learn and the, it's, just no way for. This our. Education, system to operate so I know that I'm going to offer my experience, to you mr. president and I think I can speak for all the governors of the United States of America, that, we're here to solve this problem, once, and for all you are right we need to take action now, the, status quo is unacceptable. So with that god, Bless You mr. president god bless our great country. Well. The first thing I wanna do is I want to thank the president for. For. Making something happen. All. Of us as governors know and any jobs we've had you have to get something done. If. You. Anybody. That's gone through one of these and. If. You've gone to the funeral of a 14-year old girl that. Parents. Just loved her you. Know that you have to make a change. So. What we've done in the last I, guess it's a little less than two weeks we've looked at what other governors have done we've. Brought people together, I'm very. Appreciate what the president's done by bringing us all together to talk about this and also what he did last week by bringing people together because. It's created. Momentum. To make sure something happens this time that we don't go through this and nothing, happened. So. Now I say the way I've done this is broken down into three things number. One, we're. Gonna have school safety, no. Parents could in our state's gonna say I'm, concerned, whether my child can go to school safely, if, you go to school in Florida you're gonna know that your child can come home safely, if you're a teacher if you're working with these schools you're gonna know you're gonna come home safely that's, step one we're. Gonna spend five hundred million dollars I have two weeks left in my legislative session I'm not, waiting for the federal government. We're. Gonna invest five hundred million dollars we're gonna have a significant, law enforcement, presence in every public school in our state. We. Are gonna we've already been investing. Dollars in in, hardening our schools we're. Not only gonna invest a lot more State, dollars but, we're gonna say any local, dollars that go to capital outlay by our school districts the, first thing all those dollars have to be spent on. Is hard to school hardening. It's. The most important, thing we can do is harden these schools. So. We're gonna do it number two and by the way the way it's gonna happen is our sheriff's, are gonna oversee. How all the money is spent to make sure that, the money's spent the right way there'll, be a plan annually, and the money will be spent the right way number.
Two Mental illness we're. Gonna have mental health counselors, in every school to make sure that, all of our students, can go through counseling or meet with the mental health as often as they want. We're. Gonna do it. We're. Also gonna have threat assessment teams Virginia, did that after, their. Shooting we're gonna have that in all of our schools where you'll have children. Families. Juvenile. Justice teachers. Principals, local law enforcement all, together and say what's it were the threat assessments, in our schools we're, gonna do that, next. We're. Gonna invest more dollars in mental health in our Children, and Families program we do that around our state but we invest more dollars to make sure we have youth teams, all around our state to help them, finally. We're not gonna have you're not going floor to have access to a gun if you if you're struggling with mental illness are you. Gonna make violent threats, you're. Not gonna have access to a gun in our state you shouldn't have access to a gun and you're not. So. What we're gonna do is we're gonna have a. Violent. Threat, restraining, order that a family member a mental. Health. Individual. Or law, enforcement can go to the court system it'll be there'll be drew process, but, they can make sure that you don't have access to a gun if. You've been involuntarily. Committed. Because, you're a threat to yourself or others you. Will not have access to a gun you'll have to give that those guns up there'll be due process you can get those guns back we're, gonna make sure that doesn't, happen we're, gonna make sure as you do background checks all this information, is out there so we can make sure we know who, has the guns so. In our state we are going to get, all this done I'm gonna get done the next two weeks I've been talking to my legislative, leadership every. Day they're, committed to be to, be a partner, but, in Florida I want to make sure every. Parent, knows that. Their, child is gonna come home safe, and sound every day Thank You mr. president. Thank You Rick and thank you Brian very much great job you've done too is the, Chairman thank you okay. Would you like to say I think I can bring this over it might be easier just to pass this around a. Lot. Of insight into what each school needs to provide public, school. Safety, so. As I mentioned a little earlier to this group mr. president, I suggested, that we, give them our local, folks a list of things, that they can do quickly. Like. Limit, the number of entrances, that. School. Has for 2/n, on the building and, then. Equip, every child above the sixth grade, with a chip, activated, card to. Enter that influence. And, also. You, can consider putting in a metal detector at. One, or two or three entrances. Since you limiting the number of entrances, also. A surveillance, system and that. Surveillance system can be tied to the virtual. Alabama. On visual, Center, at the Education, Department so it's instant. Information all. At the same time certainly. Training in mental health. Situation. Is fine but for the immediate, I just, think we need to give some guidance to local people and limit the access to inferencing, and equipped. With surveillance systems, metal detectors, or whatever they choose to do where's, the money coming from, they've, got some local money but in our state budget there's been a technology, fund, and. Senator, and I working and he introduced the bill last week to. Be able to free. Up some of that money for use by. The, public site, for school, safety so. These are not costly, things but they're things that can be done immediately. To. Improve, school. Safety. Thank. You. Thank. You very much kay how about going around the room anybody. Has some, great. Ideas or suggestions, governor. Right. We. Have a program, called the extreme, risk protection, order, system, that has been supremely, effective. In allowing. Family, members that realize, there's a risk to have them separated, from their firearm, it, involves, a judicial, decision that involves a hearing, and it, is saved lies I'm sure in the state of Washington, and I, would commend it to you for national, attention because it makes sure that when you have an uncle that might be you have concern, about depression, it allows, law enforcement to, separate, your your uncle and depressed uncle from his firearm, if, you have somebody in your family that might have some violent, tendencies, after.
A Hearing an ex-parte or a potential ex parte order you. Get an order to actually allow law enforcement to. Remove them it's been an operation, for a year it's been extremely successful I, would commend it to you second, issue now. I know that you have suggested. Arming. Our teachers, and, I just no no not your teachers not arming, a small portion that a very gun adept that, truly, know how to handle because I I do feel governor it's very important, that, gun-free. Zones you have a gun-free zone it's like an invitation for, these very, sick people to go there I do, think, that there has to be some form of major. Retaliation. If they're able to enter a school and if, that happens, you're, not gonna have any problems anymore because they never go into the school you're never gonna have a problem so, it would just be a very small group of, people that, are very gun adept anyone go ahead if I may respond, to that let me just suggest whatever, percentage, it is I heard at one time you might have suggested 20% whatever, percentage, it is speaking as a grandfather, right speaking as a governor the state of Washington, I have listened, to the people who would be affected by that I have listened, to the biology teachers and they don't want to do that at any percentage, I've, listened, to the first grade teachers that don't want to be pistol-packing, first grade teachers I've, listened, to law enforcement, who have said they, don't want to have to train teachers as, law, enforcement agencies. Which takes about six months now I just think this is a circumstance where we need to listen, that, educators, should educate, and they should not be forced upon, this responsibility. Of packing. In first, grade classes, now, I understand, you have suggested, this and we, suggest, things and sometimes then we listen to people about it maybe they don't look so good a little later so, I just suggest we need a little less. Tweeting, here a little more listening and let's, just take that off the table and move forward all right thank you very much you know we have a number, of states right, now that. Do that and I. Think with that in mind I'll call on Greg Abbott great, governor. Of Texas great. Right. Here. Texas. Authorized. Schools. To, adopt, policies to. Implement, a school. Marshall program, where. Individuals. Would, be trained, to. Have. A weapon right, to be able to use that weapon and we, now have, well. Over a hundred school.
Districts In the state of Texas, where. Teachers. Or other. People. Who work in the school. Do. Carry. A weapon and are. Trained to, be able to respond, to. An attack that occurs now, it's, not always a school teacher it could be a coach it could be an administrator, it could be anybody. Who works in that school but. Is a well thought out program, with, a lot of training in advance. And. Candidly. Some school districts, they. Promote it because, they will have signs out front a warning. Sign that. Be aware there. Are armed. Personnel. On campus. Warning. Anybody coming on there that they if. They, attempt. To cause any harm they're, gonna be in trouble, well. I think that's great and so. Essentially, what you're saying is that when a sick individual, comes into that school they. Can expect major. Trouble. Right, major. Trouble if the bullets are going to be going toward him also and I. Think that's great and you know what's gonna happen nobody's, going into that school correct, that's. A big difference, I. Was. Really, well said thank you very much anybody. The. Governors are so cool and I can't believe it. Mr.. President so well-behaved, today I can't believe this, we'll start acting up soon. Mr.. President, I just want to say that in, Arkansas, we have a very similar situation. Or, program, as what Gregg has described, in Texas, I have, the belief that no. Teacher should be compelled, and. Most of them want to teach and focus on that but, others are concerned, about their students, and have training and specific. Capacity, if you've described, and so, we have licensed, certain school districts, and. Those, who want to, be. Trained more, significantly. So. That they can handle an active-shooter situation and. So we have over 13 schools in Arkansas, that, can't, afford a school resource officer, they, prefer to have those either in the classroom, or. Assistant. Coach or someone that would, have a response capability. And that's, the key thing so that flexibility. I think, what the governor's want to say is that there can't be necessarily.
A National, security, plan but. The states can develop, this. And, we. Did make some recommendations back, in 2012. Though in reference to federal grants some. Of the biggest expense, is training. Some. Of the biggest expense, will be hardening, of. Our schools as Governor Ivy suggested, and so, I hope that your Department of Homeland Security, and. Looking, at some of the grants, that come from DHS. In terms of security, fighting, terrorists, some, of that money can be utilized by local jurisdictions as. Well for, the protection, of number, one priority, of protecting our students, in our schools yes, and governor you know how well we're doing it you, know it's a never-ending quest, but, with. Respect to ms-13, and these people are really causing, havoc in certain communities and with. School children and. People walking home from school what's, going on and we're moving them out by the thousands, but we have to get, immigration laws, that allow us to do what we have to be able to do they. Are so soft no country in the world has immigration, laws so soft like we do so, that's also a part of it I appreciate what you said thank you very much governor, yes. Well. Address. The Congress, and asked them to look at the HIPAA laws particularly, with mental illness because we need help. From the federal government to loosen, up the law so that we can do the truly, good background, checks on people good, and that's what we're going to be doing and, as you know Paul where we're. Really I think I'd have the support of the NRA having, to do with background, checks very strong background checks and a very heavy section on mental, health far. Different, than what we've had in the past thank you Paul yes. Each. Of our states are different and as I've, thanked you before this was not something that we were engaged in before with. Previous administration. I. Do see that there is a huge, pool of retired. Law enforcement officers where. Municipalities, and, counties have actually, invested, a lot. Of money into training them and now, they're retired and often. Because, they are receiving, a public retirement. They. Cannot go back into that. Similar, kind of retirement plan if they, go into an educational. Plan, they. Can actually work, for a school, be. Trained. The school doesn't have to train them but, also they can learn and figure out where cameras, and different, security, pieces, need to be implemented. Within the schools because. Of their experience, in training and so, this is a pool of folks that. We can immediately put. Out without having to expend a great amount, of dollars and keeping, our schools and our school. Personnel safe as. Well set and the fact is that if, you have a teacher or you have a coach or you have somebody that's very adept only adept a lot of people don't, have anything they don't know what it looks like they, can't lift it but only adept, at weaponry. And guns and. Only. A small number you don't need that. Many, but we all learned a lot over the weekend or last week when you saw a man, that was properly, armed standing. Outside probably. Afraid to go in and now. It turns out that there were probably four of them, they. Don't love the students they don't know the students the teachers love the students and they want to protect those students the other thing is cost, the. School in Florida. Was so large Ric such, a big school you would have had to have a hundred one hundred and fifty guards I mean you would have had to have a lot of guards to, have that building properly, man then. You have an armed camp, whereas, doing. It like I think you're suggesting and, like many people in this room agree, with it, costs almost nothing I would actually give a bonus to every coach. Teacher, etc. Because they should go through training as good as they are they should go through a very strong. Strenuous. Training but I would like to give them a bonus so let's say you gave them a thousand. Dollar bonus, for the year and you'd. Have fifty or sixty of them in the school compare. That to paying, forty. Fifty sixty thousand. Dollars each where. The school's gonna get that kind of money somebody.
Suggested, Last night we're gonna harden, the doors we're gonna make it impossible to get in I said that's good, except. In one instance if the, killer gets in and he closes the doors and you can't get into the school, they. Said I never thought of that don't. Forget I was in the real estate business and when, you harden those schools you're not gonna get in but if they get in then. You're not getting in law enforcement is not getting it somebody. Else at all we have something, that we're working on what do you see the cost of these things smoke. Fills, into the school smoke. Or so, yeah we guys standing there with a weapon, and now he's, getting crazy, because there's smoke all over there all he's gonna do is shoot. Endlessly. He's, gonna go nuts this is another plan this. Is a new one I'm. Sure put out by some company that wants to make a lot of money smoke, is gonna fill the room and fill the hallways, that's. Not gonna help and then. Law enforcement, is going to go and fight through the smoke they're not going to know what they're shooting this, is a serious, plan I, think. I talk that particular, person out of it, but. I really, I do when you talk about hardening, the other thing is says harden you. Harden. Cost, to. Your schools and your communities, and the federal government will be, astronomical. When you start putting in main doors closing, other doors, changing. Hallways, around change you're. Talking about, hundreds. And hundreds, of billions of dollars and you can do it for nothing as, you. And myself and, our great governor from Texas, and others I think there are nine states that do it that way and they're thrilled. They're. Thrilled and you. Know what it says come on in folks come on in but they're not coming in because, they don't want to get shot look. At this guy Cruz. He. Leaves with. The students he tried to sneak away and I'll tell you one policeman who did a good job was the one that caught him a couple, of communities away, wasn't even Rick in that community I know all those communities, but it wasn't in that community sort of far away and. He said that's the guy I think that maybe did it based on a description and, he went out and he got him, now. They would have gotten him anyway I guess but, who knows how much more damage would have been inflicted, so. He did a great job look law enforcement, is great but, we, all learned something when we saw Peterson. Standing. Outside of that school he wanted no part of it he heard the power and he heard, probably. The, screaming, and the bullets and he. Wanted no part of it and then. Three other guys came to help they wanted no part of it I was. A terrible. Terrible. Job, the only worst job is that. They didn't NAB this guy early because he had 39, red flags that was a worse job, so. We I think we learned a lot but, if you don't have retribution if, you're not going to do something very serious, to these guys when they walk in they're going to keep walking in you're gonna have this all the time. You're. Gonna have it they have to know they walk in they're going to probably end up dead and if. They know they're gonna end up dead they're. Not going into that school. Question. Yes. Matt I. Don't. I don't beg. To differ with with, most of what has been said here but, most of what we're talking about are things that are. Costly. Have, monetary, cost I do. Think, it's important, for us to start at every level with, the Athiya office with our respective offices as well to, seize the bully pulpits, that we have to talk about the culture in this society. And. I would challenge those in the media who, would want to mock and ridicule this, and would. Want to say that anybody who advocates, for this to. Find some fault in that person, as a reason why that person should not be the one advocating. For a higher level of moral authority or, higher mores, to. Think twice because these are your children and grandchildren as, well and when. We mock and ridicule the. Very foundational. Principles, that this nation was built upon, where. You treat people the way you'd want to be treated where, you respect, human life where. You respect, the dignity of women and of children and of people who, we, have been creasing. Ly degraded, in our society, this. Culture, of death is becoming pervasive, and, if it's not addressed by, all. The imperfect people in this room with. A sense of purpose in a sense of aspiration I think. We're gonna see a continued, trajectory, that's not good, many. Things have not changed there, have always been guns and there, were fewer restrictions. There. Have always been guns and homes in fewer rules it, isn't to say that these rules and these restrictions are necessarily. Bad but. What has changed is. What, we do or don't do as it relates to acknowledging. The value and the dignity of every, human life and when, you couple that with the number of psychiatric, drugs that, are increasingly, systemic.
And That, have very severe, warnings. Associated with them related to depression and suicidal, thoughts you. Put all these things in a mess and no one among us is bold, enough or willing to step up and challenge the fact that this is a problem this. Is why it, goes unchecked, and I would call on you sir as I'm, calling on my fellow governors and myself to. Seize the opportunities. We have to, call America to, higher action, as it relates to our mores, good thank you thank, you man and that's why we're here and I, think you know I don't know if it's gonna be mentioned but you have to also look at videos they're vicious you look at some of these videos I mean I don't know what this does to a young kids mind somebody growing. Up and forming, and looking. At videos where people are just being blown away left and right the, Internet. Movies you. Look at these movies that are out today I see just by a commercial the level of, craziness. And viciousness. In the movies I think, we have to look at that too maybe, we have to put a rating system on that they have a rating system for other subjects, maybe we have to do a rating system for that but. It has to have an impact on it just says it doesn't take many minds if it was 1%, or less that's that's. A lot it's all it takes just takes one person to do tremendous. Damage so I think it's something we have to look at also, question. Yes, governor. Mr.. President. Again thank you for having us I approach this certainly. As a governor. My. Approach is as a gun owner that, 11 year old son got his first year this. Past fall he's a good boy, I approaches. As a victim I had a nephew. Shot and killed 11 year old on a playground, I. Approached. It as a parent. With. Three, young kids saying just, like every other parent grandparent we need to do everything we can to keep, our kids safe I think. Parenthetically, sometimes the language that we use can, help define some things that certainly.
Understand, The, idea of hardening, schools. But that seems like we're hardening, potential. Military targets. I think, we as leaders need to be saying we're gonna do everything we can to make that school safe for the kids I, think. That there are steps, and many of them you, begin to reference, that we could take that could make a difference, if we can look at this as a public health issue. You, mentioned, the next system we. Can improve, the instant check system and, we also know about a quarter, of the guns that are sold don't, even get into that system, so. A universal, background check, we, know that 10 percent of, our homicides, each year, are in intimate, relationships, so. The orders of protection the, domestic, violence making sure that's in NICs as. Governor Scott mentioned red, flag laws, making. Sure that law enforcement families. Have a way still. Using due process, to. Actually remove guns, from people that might be that imminent. Threat I applaud. You on bump stocks, that's one, of those things that there is no other reason and we could certainly look at the higher magazine. Capacity. As well, as one of those things that you probably don't need and. I encourage. You as you go on the path of looking, at what you can do in schools I used. To be Attorney General and ran the law Enforcement, Academy too and graduate. These peace officers each and every year I want, to make sure if somebody, is armed, in a school that, they have that training, that, we know that, he or she, it's. Much, more as I think you recognized and just carrying, concealed, that. They have that training that I as a parent can, say that this person under, pressure will, know what to do with, a firearm before we start introducing the. Firearms, in to, our schools I think we're at a unique hopefully, were at a unique moment where. Certainly. As I said you know 43, times since I've been governor been, asked to lower the flags 12, over the moon for mass shootings, in the last 5 years, it's. Almost on the one hand to the point that we're getting desensitized. But, on the other hand here is a moment where everybody's. Talking where. We can hopefully, start, saying what, could actually meaningfully. Impact, this not just for today but for, the future so thank you so much and I hope that those areas, you'll. Certainly, take. Both the bully pulpit, and the leadership in Congress thank you very much great points it was great being with you last night you mentioned, two, words under, pressure and, a. Lot, of people never really know what that means because you know they train a whole life look at Peterson, look. What he did in Broward. Where. He. Thought he was probably a, brave guy, but he wasn't a brave guy under pressure he. Choked and other people choked a lot of people choked in that case and. We. Have to, have. People trained we have to you know you have to have some. Kind of a budget where it works when, many, of the governor's happen, to you. Know like the idea of trained people within schools, but the press has to get the word out honestly for instance I went through a very detailed it could be 10 percent could be 5 percent could be 20 percent these, are really gonna deaf people. Very few people would qualify on. Top of being gun adept they have to go to. School and they have to learn and you know maybe there'll be a bonus given to those people and maybe there should be frankly, because they should go on a yearly, basis, to school they, start with training and then they have additional. Training every year and I think they should get a bonus but it's it's, a very small amount of money compared to what it would cost I think would be very effective but when, the press covered it the, headline was Trump wants, all teachers, to have guns Trump. Wants teachers to have gun I don't want teachers to have guns I want, highly, trained people that, have a natural, talent. Like. Hitting a baseball or. Hitting, a golf ball or putting how come some people always make the 4-footer and, some. People under pressure can't even take their club back right. Some, people can't take their club back and. You. Don't know what it is those, words are you know those words are hard to train for. But. You want to have the number of people where. People, know.
They're Gonna be think the, bad guy has to understand, that, there's a big price to pay when they mess around with our students you, can't just say oh we're gonna you know harden our schools we're gonna blow smoke into the rooms we're, gonna do all this stuff that is not going to work you. Have to let, people know that. They're gonna suffer the ultimate price and you, know what and I said it before you're not. Going. To have incidents. They're not going to do it because they're innately cowards, but I love what you said I agree very much with what you said a question. Governor fill. Mr.. President October the 1st of 1997. Luke Woodham 16 year old student came into Pearl high, school in Pearl Mississippi after, he had bludgeoned his mother to death that morning with, a 30-30, lever-action rifle. Killed two students, and began to shoot at others a vice. Principal. Who was an army reserve officer, went to his vehicle retreat, as 19. 11:45. And stopped. That shooter before he could kill other children, in, Pearl, Mississippi when. I heard you speak, of your idea, that was, the concept, I believed. In find. That army, serve, vice-principal. Give. Him the training he necessarily needs arm him, and stop, this madness. Thank, you for many, of these people are teachers too they retired, there twenty years in the Marines they can handle a weapon world, class. They. Don't even need the training but they should get it anyway everybody should have very strong training but. You, know you have many like general Kelly standing, back there I wouldn't, mind if he was a teacher. Like. Him to be our, teacher and if. He happened to be concealed, carrying, concealed, I feel, very good about that, that, to me is better and he's, on the set don't forget the other thing Phil there, on the site they're, not outside they're, not 20 minutes away in a police station where an alarm rings and they go and by, the time they get there they don't know the school they don't know the floozies people know everything intimately, I think. It works look I've been watching this for, I've. Only been doing this for two and a half years, after. That I was a civilian and I had a nice life I had, a very easy nice, beautiful life I actually got great press I was. The king of getting good press governor you know that was. Only what I did this that I got bad press but. But, you know what I've been watching this folks from a different slant. Many. Of you most of you have been politicians, for a long time I've. Been watching, you I've been watching everybody, for thirty years I've. Been watching this situation, nothing's, done it's, the same thing, nothing's. Done to have a meeting they, all go home two weeks later it's.
A Little bit sadly, and I hate to say it other, than the parents, who were so devastated and, the families, that are so badly affected, and the people that were hit you, know nobody, ever talks about the wounded they. Talk about the 17, dead but I've you, know I I saw people that were so. Rick, so seriously, wounded nobody ever talks the. Maniac, on the Westside Highway, that ran over eight people they keep saying he killed eight people, he. Just took. It's essentially, a park it's like a beautiful, stretch along the Hudson River that I know so well he's. Going down 80 miles an hour down the West Side Highway and he said hey look at those people I'm gonna turn it and he. Killed eight people what they don't talk about are the 14 people. That was devastated. They. Go to put themselves in shape and to work out and they're. Very proud and they, end up missing a leg and missing an arm. We're. Missing two legs and an. Arm and. Nobody. Ever talks about those people they talk about the people obviously, that. Died they don't talk about the people that are so devastated. And you, have that you have many people I saw a lot of those people you, know hopefully they're going to be okay. After a long time, in rehab but a, lot of them won't be and. We got to remember them - those, people are great people got to remember them - okay, how about one or two more. Yes. Governor. Again. Thank you I've enjoyed, hearing, from my fellow colleagues, of what's going on in their respective states, and. It. Reminds me this is a very complex, issue there's. No simple solution. Unfortunately. For us I think there's roles to play for the federal government some. Of the things you're proposing but. I think most of the solutions that come from the states, we. Have some states are doing things with arming personnel. Inside the school system, that they seem to think is working well I know. I'm, working with my legislature. As recently, as last night in talking about what is the cost for. Education. What is the cost you're a businessman, to do my business that's right some of that is in fact embedding. Law enforcement. Trained personnel, and whatever form or fashion you want it's going, to be an additional cost that's, the result of society, today how. We've got to this kind of society governor, Bevin and some of the things, that are desensitizing our, children, the, challenges, of life today and its complexities, who knows, but. I do believe this each state, is gonna have to find their own way. Based. On their own culture, based. On their own politics. Based, on their own unique demographics. And we'll learn from each other we'll find what works and will homogenize probably. Together but. The states these little pilot programs. That's the beauty, of our. Concept, of federalism in these states out there, finding solutions to the problems that a loopy, 'pl this, is the problem of today, safety. In our schools, I look, to learn from all of you as we tried our own way in Utah to, find a solution that's very critical and timely. Issue thanks. For your Thank You governor I appreciate it and you said something very important, the. States can do these. Various programs without. The federal government also and we're, there to help and we'll. Help monetarily, which is very important, because a lot of the school budgets especially, they don't have the money I mean where are they going to get the money to put a hundred guards, into the. School in parkland, I mean it's very tough, it's a tough situation, but. The federal government can help out but a lot of these solutions. That we talked about whether you agree, with me or you agree with somebody else you can do them, pretty. Much by yourselves, within your state. Like. Our. Great governor of Texas, Greg we, have, an attitude on, retribution. Because, I say the only way you stop it is retribution I don't, think you're gonna stop it by being kind I. Don't. Think you're gonna stop it at all you're gonna have problems but if a, state feels that way I say. You have to go and you have to do what you have to do I. Guess we have nine states, that are, doing what you're doing Greg, at least nine you know and some are coming and they're coming fast, but. The. States can do a lot of this work themselves.
I Can do most of it and we'll, back you up regardless, of what you want to do if you agree, or disagree with, the. State of Texas and other states that, do, it differently, I think. That's fine just go and do it yourself we will be there to help you no matter what your solution, is but. This is largely, a state, issue in, terms of that school. Security and in many cases it's a local issue, y