Kelly Ripa delivers impassioned speech in response to Florida school shooting

Kelly Ripa delivered an impassioned speech on "Live With Kelly and Ryan" on Thursday morning in response to the mass shooting at a school in Florida that left 17 people dead.

As co-host Ryan Seacrest listened intently, Ripa sounded off on the increasing amount of gun violence in the United States -- specifically at schools -- and revealed that her children were scared to go to school on Thursday morning after hearing about the shooting.

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"The news coming out of Florida yesterday? Devastating," Ripa began. "Don't know how many times this is going to happen, but I don't know how many times it has to happen before a school shooting -- a mass shooting -- of this caliber before somebody does something, before people really get into it."

"People are gonna say, 'Oh, you're a talk show host, shut up,'" she went on. "In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school, and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school."

That reveal prompted Seacrest to ask his co-host what she said to her kids to reassure them that everything was going to be okay.

"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 where they ... You know, 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."

"And 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," she went on. "And, again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and parent and human being that something needs to be changed. There needs to be a bigger, better dialogue, because we are failing in this area."

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"And offering thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore," Ripa added. "I can't imagine the horror of the parents of that school or any school when this happens or any place where this happens. Because we are creatures of empathy, we put ourselves in each other's shoes, right? 'How would I feel?'"

She went on to explain that she told her kids that, because of the drills they've done in school, they would know how to act in the off chance that an active shooter ever appeared at their schools. But she also added that reassuring them can feel like a lie when, really, she isn't so sure it wouldn't happen.

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

Kelly Ripa shares son Michael, 20, daughter Lola, 16, and son Joaquin, 14, with husband Mark Consuelos, who she's been married to since 1996.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, Lola Grace Consuelos and Anderson Cooper attend the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 09, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Kelly Ripa, Lola Grace Consuelos and Anderson Cooper attends 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 09, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
AMERICAN MUSEUM, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/12/17: Kelly Ripa wearing dress by Stella McCartney & Lola Consuelos attend 11th annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, Lola Consuelos and Anderson Cooper attend the 11th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
ASBURY PARK, NJ - MAY 07: Kelly Ripa and her daughter Lola Grace Consuelos attend the 2017 New Jersey Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Asbury Park Convention Center on May 7, 2017 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Kelly Ripa, husband Mark Consuelos, daughter Lola Consuelos, sons Michael Consuelos and Joaquin Consuelos attend the ceremony honoring Kelly Ripa with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: (L-R) Mark Consuelos, Joaquin Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Lola Consuelos and Michael Consuelos attend the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on May 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Mark Consuelos, Lola Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Joaquin Consuelos and Michael Consuelos at the Kelly Ripa Star Ceremony on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Kelly Ripa and Lola Grace Consuelos are seen on December 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Kelly Ripa, Joaquin and Lola are seen in Soho on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Television personality Kelly Ripa (L) picks up her daughter Lola Consuelos from school on November 04, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
WATER MILL, NY - AUGUST 1: Lola Grace Consuelos and Guest attend DONNA KARAN, ARIEL FOXMAN and INSTYLE along with KELLY RIPA and BLAKE LIVELY present SUPER SATURDAY 12 at Nova's Ark Project on August 1, 2009 in Water Mill, NY. (Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WATERMILL, NY - JULY 26: Kelly Ripa and Lola Grace Consuelos attend the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's Super Saturday 11 benefit hosted by Donna Karan at Nova's Ark Project on July 26, 2008 in Watermill, New York. (Photo by Rick Odell/Getty Images)
- AUGUST 31: Kelly Ripa and Lola Consuelos attend SYBIL and DAVID YURMAN Host A Luncheon For GRAND PRIX SUNDAY at THE HAMPTON CLASSIC at Bridgehampton on August 31, 2008. (Photo by Patrick McMullan /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Television personality Kelly Ripa and husband actor Mark Consuelos sighting walking in SOHO with their daughter Lola on March 30, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 2: Kelly Ripa and Lola Consuelos attend SYBIL And DAVID YURMAN Host A Luncheon For GRAND PRIX SUNDAY At THE HAMPTONS CLASSIC at Bridgehampton on September 2, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 14: Mark Consuelos, wife Kelly Ripa and their children (from left) Michael Joseph, Lola Grace and Joaquin Antonio arrive at the Chelsea West Cinemas for a special screening of the movie 'Shrek the Third.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - SEPTEMBER 3: (L-R) Kelly Ripa, Joaquin Antonio Consuelos, Michael Joseph Consuelos, Mark Consuelos and Lola Grace Consuelos attend Fendi Cup Jumper Competition, Hampton Classic Horse Show at Grand Prix Tent on September 3, 2005 in Bridgehampton, NY. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa and Lola Grace Consuelos during Super Saturday 8 - The World Famous Designer Garage Sale Benefiting The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
WATERMILL, NY - JULY 31: TV personality Kelly Ripa and daughter Lola arrive at 'Super Saturday in the Hamptons' at Nova's Ark Project on July 31, 2004 in Watermill, New York. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa & husband Mark Consuelos & children Michael, Lola & Joaquin in kelly's arms (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - April 13: (L-R) Jay Goede, Lola Consuelos and mother Kelly Ripa with Mark Linn-Baker backstage on Opening Night for 'A Year With Frog and Toad' at The Cort Theatre in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa with daughter Lola at a Halloween party to benefit New York Weill Cornell Medical Center's Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City. October 20, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
Kelly Ripa with her daugther Lola Grace and her son Michael Joseph at a party celebrating the opening night of 'Blue's Clues Live! Blue's Birthday Party' at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 4/26/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images

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