Brian Williams of MSNBC interviewed Brandon Minoff, who was one of the students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday. When Williams asked Minoff, who knew the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, personally, what was his reaction, Minoff answered, "Gun-wise, I don't think there's any way to prevent it. You outlaw guns, just creates higher demand for it."

Williams answered, "So what was your reaction when you heard that it was him?" Minoff replied, "I wasn't surprised, but it was kind of unfortunate to hear."

Williams press the high school senior further, asking: "If you were a lawmaker, an adult in a decision-making position, how would you stop, do you think, the kind of thing that happened today? A kid who had been thrown out, comes back with a weapon, and takes out whatever grievance he's been walking around with in his head?"

"Gun-wise, I don't think there's any way to prevent it," Minoff said. "You outlaw guns, just creates higher demand for it."

"I think it has to do with mental health, though," Minoff averred. "If he's been expelled three different times, from three different schools, I think he should be helped out."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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