Kelly Ripa’s Fear Of Misleading Her Kids Hits Home For Many Parents After School Shootings

“You start to feel like a liar and I don't like to feel that way."

On the heels of a February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead, we've yet again seen a call for gun control in America — be it from a senator, a former FBI agent, and even a 17-year-old student survivor from the tragic event. Now, Kelly Ripa is using her voice to speak out and she is doing it as a concerned mom, not just a celebrity.

"[I] don't know how many times this is going to happen," Ripa began during today's airing of Live With Kelly and Ryan, according to BuzzFeed's Michael Blackmon. "I don't know how many times it has to happen for a school shooting, a mass shooting of this caliber, before somebody does something, before people really get into it."

Perhaps foreseeing the negative backlash her words may potentially spawn, Ripa then decided to let everyone know exactly where she was coming from. Yes, she is a very public persona and is on TV, but it's where her motivation to speak out comes from that's important.

"And people are going to say, 'Oh, you're a talk show host. Shut up.' In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school," Ripa said. "And I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school."

At that point, co-host Ryan Seacrest asked Ripa what she said to her kids — 20-year-old Michael, 16-year-old Lola, and 14-year-old Joaquin (all shared with husband Mark Consuelos) — in that moment.

"I said to my kids, 'Follow the instructions of the school. You have these drills in place.' Unfortunately, my kids have grown up having these drills in place. They don't just have fire drills anymore, they have active shooter drills — which is so tragic to me. It's such a tragic thing," Ripa added. "The fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me, so somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment, and again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and parent and human being that something needs to change, there needs to be a bigger, better dialogue because we are failing in this area."

Ripa continued: "You don't want to mislead your kids and say this is never going to happen, you hope and pray it isn't going to happen, but when they are inundated with these images every day, day after day, all the time, you start to feel like a liar and I don't like to feel that way."

Taking down the usual "offering thoughts and prayers" discourse that happens after events like this, Ripa said she can't imagine what parents of kids at places where these things happen are going through. Her final words were that the Live team was thinking about all those involved — including heroes such as Aaron Feis, a football coach who paid the ultimate sacrifice but was able to save lives during the horrific event.

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