At Fox News, the fix for school shootings like in Parkland, Florida, is more guards, better active-shooter drills

Tucker Carlson on the Florida school shooting
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On CNN Wednesday night, Don Lemon said that after yet another mass shooting at school — this one in Parkland, Florida, with 17 dead — "everyone agrees" that "we need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people," America can make "mental health a priority" at the same time as it enacts new gun laws, and "I know we are better than this." At Fox News on Wednesday night, mental health was barely discussed, school mass shootings were a fact of life, and the solution was to fortify schools.

"This is not a political statement, and I know I'm known for talking politics all the time," Sean Hannity said on his show. "I don't think it is something most people would disagree with ... there's got to be greater order in terms of monitoring who's getting into these schools ... but more importantly — and they did have a guard — but I mean, a school this big that has 3,200 students and multiple buildings, it seems to me you need a few people in each building, retired military, retired police, and I would think, over time, that families — we're not talking about all that much money." His guest, former FBI Special Agent Manny Gomez, agreed, suggesting America federalize school security as it did with the TSA in airports after 9/11. "That's a great example," Hannity said.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.