While the nation continues to debate the best way to stop a madman with a gun, one Florida sheriff has decided to forego the argument altogether.
The aftermath of last week’s Parkland, Florida school shooting has been predictable, if not a bit more intense than usual.
The left is insisting that the only way to curb gun violence is to enact extremely strict laws regarding gun ownership. Of course, we needn’t look any further than Chicago to understand the truly horrid nature of this pedantic and shallow argument.
On the right, common sense seems to be prevailing, even in the face of a media hellbent on exploiting this tragedy’s victims in order to create an emotional argument that few would have the gall to question. Even more poignantly is a petition started by the folks over at StopSchoolShootings.org which looks to push support for the concept of employing armed veterans to protect our schools.
One sheriff in Florida isn’t going to wait any longer for the cavalry to arrive, however.
“Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Wednesday said that deputies qualified to carry AR-15s will have them with them on campus moving forward, with the blessing of school officials.
“Israel, sheriff in the county that saw 17 killed on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, told a news conference the school district’s superintendent, Robert Runcie, supports his decision to keep their rifles locked in school offices during the day, and take them home at night.
“’It will be done safely,’ Israel said. ‘Only deputies who are trained and qualified will carry those rifles. But we need to be able to defeat any threat that comes onto campus.’”
This move currently preempts any legal or institutional standard for such security on campus, but possibly not by too long.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, most experts and civilians agree that the number one priority is not gun control, but, rather, the safety of our nation’s school children.