Vice President Pence Addresses Florida School Shooting in San Antonio

Vice President Pence sparked a large police protective presence when he spoke at a downtown hotel this afternoon, keynoting a Texas Republican Party fundraising luncheon, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Pence spoke about this week's school shooting in Florida, saying no parent in America should ever fear for a child's safety when sending the child to school in the morning.

"When the President meets with the nation's governors in the days and the weeks ahead, he will make school safety a top priority of this administration," Pence said.

"Making our schools safe and taking a fresh look at giving local officials and law enforcement authorities the tools they need to deal with serious mental illness," Pence said.

The Vice President also called for higher awareness of dangers which may be posed by our fellow citizens.

"Now is the time to grieve, but let me say to my fellow Americans gathered here and within in the sound of my voice, now is also the time for renewed vigilance," he said.  "In a word, if you see somebody who poses a threat to themselves or others, notify local law enforcement."

While the Vice President was at the fundraiser, Second Lady Karen Pence was at Methodist Children's Hospital, were she was meeting with pediatric oncology patients, and being briefed on Methodist's unique Tracy's Kids Art Therapy Program.

Tracy's Kids is the only pediatric oncology Art Therapy program in San Antonio. Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which a Registered Art Therapist uses various art medium to facilitate the healing process. The Tracy’s Kids program uses art therapy to help young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment.

From San Antonio, the Vice President traveled to McAllen for a round table discussion on border issues along with Sen. Ted Cruz.

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