1. Florida Governor Rick Scott walking in for news conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rick Scott, (Republican) Florida Governor:
"We need to pass reforms to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has a mental illness or danger to themselves ever to use a gun. We're, in our state, we're in a good position because we have budget surpluses now. My plan is to spend 500 million (US) dollars to make our schools safe to invest the dollars in mental illness, mental illness to make sure this never happens again."
3. Scott speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rick Scott, (Republican) Florida Governor:
"We've got to make sure we have an increased law enforcement presence in all of our schools, every school. So my proposal would have a significant, long presence in every school. Now on top of that our schools that are larger would have a bigger law enforcement presence."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rick Scott, (Republican) Florida Governor:
"Next we also need to make significant investments in school safety. We've got to invest in metal detectors. We've got to invest in bulletproof glass. We've got to invest in steel doors. We've got to invest in upgraded locks. We've got to do everything we can to make sure that somebody that wants to harm any one of our students, can never do it again. I also want to make sure we have an anonymous 'see something say something' statewide dedicated hotline, website and mobile app."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rick Scott, (Republican) Florida Governor:
"Rather than trying to ban specific weapons, what we ought to do is ban specific people from having any weapon. The, let's remember that Timothy McVeigh used fertiliser, let's remember that people are using cars and trucks, we saw it in New York City, we saw it in in France. There are lots of ways people can do bad things. So, what I want to focus on, is focus on how you make sure that the people that either have mental illness, are threatening others, threaten themselves, they don't have access to a weapon."
7. Scott speaking
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Pollack, Father of girl (Meadow) who died in school shooting:
"You see me here? I don't want to do this. But you guys look at me, I want to be the last father of a murdered kid that's ever in this country. That's it. This is me. I'm the last father. Everyone's going to say, yep that's him, that was his daughter that died, that was the last one. So Friday, they're going to meet and we're going to pass this bill. And I'm going to oversee a lot of it, a lot of the security. And I'm going to make sure every school is safe for our kids, because it's all about our kids. And that's our most precious commodity, is our children."
9. Scott speaking
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Petty, Father of girl (Alaina) who died in school shooting:
"Too often this debate gets mired down in the second amendment versus gun control. It's happened after every single school shooting. This time, Governor I hope, I hope it is actually different, this time, it needs to be different. Let's not get mired down in that debate. There'll be time for that. Right now we secure our schools. We figure out, next we figure out what went wrong and what we can do better. And then we'll have the other public policy debates later. Let's do this for those 17 lives that were lost at Stoneman Douglas (school), let's make those the last ones."
Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Tuesday that his goal was to make sure the school shooting that left 17 dead in Florida earlier this month was the last one the state ever experienced.
Scott met with officials Tuesday in Miami-Dade County, where he outlined his plans to get a school safety bill passed before Florida's annual legislative session ends next Friday.
Scott said he wanted to spend 500 million US dollars to increase law enforcement and mental health counselors at schools, to make buildings more secure with metal detectors and steel doors and to create an anonymous tip line.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day, said he hoped Florida would be an example for the rest of the country.
He said, "I want to be the last father of a murdered kid that's ever in this country."