Donald Trump contradicts himself on gun violence and mental illness

UPDATE | Florida high school shooter still at large

White House officials have not said when he would meet with those affected by the tragedy or whether he would travel to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Kristi Gilroy hugs a young woman at a police check point near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed by a gunman on February 15 in Parkland, Florida.

"The job they've done is incredible", Trump said at Broward Health North hospital, referring to the medical staff. Under the Post's headline it reads, "The Post says: We need sensible gun control to help stop the slaughter".

He was scheduled to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

He said he was impressed with the speed with which first responders reacted, calling it "record-setting" and "in one case 20 minutes". "So I agree, this is a mental illness issue", Kimmel continued, "because if you don't think we need to do something about it, you're obviously mentally ill". The president offered federal assistance to the governor, the White House said.

Wednesday's shooting is at least the fourth at United States middle and high schools this year.

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After the Las Vegas mass shooting - the deadliest in modern American history - Trump signaled a willingness to discuss gun laws "as time goes by".

Per reports prior to Cruz being identified, the shooter was described to CNN news affiliate, WSVN, as wearing a black hat, a maroon or burgundy colored shirt and black trousers.

The words from Trump seemed to suggest that the individuals surrounding the shooter (Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student of the school) bore more responsibility than the shooter himself.

"I would have taken a bullet for her myself", she said at the funeral, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

In an update on the investigation, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that threats had been received and authorities were treating them seriously.

According to the independent Everytown for Gun Safety group, eight of the 18 school shooting incidents so far this year, which cover primary schools to universities, involved guns being discharged with no one injured.

Trump failed to mention the ease with which the shooter was able to purchase an AR-15 rifle - in Florida, it's actually easier to buy the assault weapon than it is to get a handgun.

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