“We have lowered the flags here in the Capitol to half-staff. Our first thoughts are with the families of those who were lost. We know at least five people right now are fighting for their lives, and we need to pray for each one of those people who are fighting for their lives right now. We also just thank God for law enforcement and for the heroes in this school.
“I just want to offer this: There are a lot of worries that come with being a parent of teenagers. We have got three of them. But this is—this is the nightmare. This is pure evil. For these kids, yesterday should have just been a typical high school day. In an instant, this became the worst day of their lives.
“You know, I was looking at this this morning. I go back to this message that one of the students sent to her mom. She said, ‘If I don’t make it, I love you, and I appreciate everything you did for me.’
“I mean, all that fear, that terror—for her to think of love and even gratitude for her parents. We can learn a lot from our kids.
“This is one of those moments where we just need to step back and count our blessings. We need to think less about taking sides and fighting each other politically and just pulling together. This House, and the whole country, stands with the Parkland community.”