STRONG FAMILY VALUES, NOT GUN CONTROL, CAN STOP THE NEXT SCHOOL MASSACRE

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Mormon parents of girl killed in Florida speak out

 

  • ‘When families break down, that’s where problems begin’: Ryan and Kelly Petty, Mormon parents of 14-year-old girl killed in Florida shooting say better family values, not gun control, are needed to stop another school massacre.
  • ‘Strong families are vital to a peaceful, functioning society’
  • ‘We wish and believe, that if somebody had been able to put their arms around him and show him some compassion and love to the extent that would have enabled him to get some help, things may have been very different last week.’

 

( Daily Mail ) The Mormon parents of a 14-year-old girl killed in last week’s Florida school shooting think better family values – not gun control – could have saved their daughter’s life, they said in a new interview.

Ryan and Kelly Petty told the Deseret News they believe admitted shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, is responsible for the loss of their daughter Alaina, but they also think he wasn’t given the love and support he needed after his adoptive parents died.

While many blame the shooting on weak gun control, and others such as President Trump suggest arming teachers is the solution, the Pettys think help for families is the way to stop the mass shootings epidemic.

‘Strong families are vital to a peaceful, functioning society,’ Ryan said.

‘When families break down, that’s where the problems begin. We need legislators and policymakers to pass legislation and create policies that strengthen families.’

‘We wish and believe, that if somebody had been able to put their arms around him and show him some compassion and love to the extent that would have enabled him to get some help, things may have been very different last week.’

Alaina’s parents are still piecing together what happened to their daughter. They said she was in her English class expecting to get picked up in about 30 minutes for an orthodontist appointment when Cruz walked into the high school and unleashed a bloodbath.

 

 

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