WASHINGTON – Better efforts to combat mental illness and enforcement of existing gun laws may have prevented yesterday’s mass shooting at a school in Parkland, FL, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Focusing on dangerous people, mentally ill people, can decrease violence in our community and increase public safety,” Sessions told a meeting of sheriffs visiting Washington.

Sessions said officials with the Department of Justice met with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education to discuss the intersection of mental health, criminality and violence. He said better law enforcement can “stop people before these heinous crimes occur.”