2. SOUNDBITE (English): Mike Pence, Vice President
"Yesterday, President Trump and I met with the family of Meadow Pollack and other students and families reeling from the attack in Parkland. We also met in the White House with families from other communities who've experienced the same violence first hand, and as the President said, we'll never forget it. We prayed with them, we listened to them as they poured out their hearts. As the President has said, no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school."
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Mike Pence, Vice President
"Earlier this week, President Trump called on Congress to strengthen background checks, and two days ago, he directed the Department of Justice to expedite the regulation of bump stocks. Later this week, when the President meets with the nation's governors in our nation's capital, we'll make the safety of our nation's schools and our students our top national priority."
4. SOUNDBITE (English): Mike Pence, Vice President
"I can assure you all of this, President Trump and our entire administration will continue to take strong action to make our schools safe, and to give law enforcement and our families the tools they need to deal with those struggling with dangerous mental illness."
5. SOUNDBITE (English): Mike Pence, Vice President
"You know for all the media fawning over the sister of the North Korean dictator, I think it's important that every American knows who this person is and what she's done. The sister of Kim Jong-un is a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet. An evil family clique that brutalises, subjugates, starves and imprisons its 25 million people. Even the United Nations reported that, in their words, the gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have a parallel in the contemporary world. That's why the United States government has sanctioned her for her role in abetting North Korea's horrendous human rights abuses and crimes against humanity. People are routinely jailed and executed for the most minor acts of defiance, and every American remembers the heartbreaking story of Otto Warmbier. So for all those in the media who think I should have stood and cheered with the North Koreans, I say, the United States of America doesn't stand with murderous dictatorships, we stand up to murderous dictatorships."
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration will make school safety "our top national priority" after last week's attack on a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Pence recounted President Donald Trump's calls for strengthening the federal background check system for purchasing firearms and for regulating bump-stocks like those used in last year's Las Vegas massacre.
It was a markedly different tone than that deployed on stage minutes earlier by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, who delivered an unbowed defence of gun ownership and lashed out at Democrats - saying they are using the tragedy for "political gain."
Pence also criticised what he described as "fawning media coverage" toward the recent appearance of Kim Jong-Un's sister at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
Pence said, "So for all those in the media who think I should have stood and cheered with the North Koreans, I say, the United States of America doesn't stand with murderous dictatorships."
"We stand up to murderous dictatorships," he said.