Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “we can and we must do better” regarding gun violence in a speech Thursday, a day after a fatal Florida high school shooting.
Sessions said that in many cases, perpetrators show early signs of violent behavior. He said law enforcement should be more effective at intervening earlier.
“You and I know we cannot arrest everybody that somebody thinks is dangerous, but I think we can and we must do better,” Sessions said at a conference hosted by the Major County Sheriffs of America. “We owe it to every one of those kids crying outside their school yesterday and all those who never made it out of that school.”
The man suspected of being the gunman behind the high school shooting was expelled last year. The shooting left 17 people dead and at least 15 wounded.
“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday.
Sessions emphasized the importance of law enforcement, saying officials face an uphill battle.
"Our hearts are hurting today, and all the law enforcement community knows that we have a challenge in front of us, and I know together we’ll meet it," he said.