Shaquille O’Neal is perhaps one of the most legendary men to play college and professional basketball ball here in the US. His 7’1”, 325+ pound frame is commanding in appearance and so is his personality.
Many think of Shaq as a liberal, but they will be surprised to learn that he is not nearly as liberal as many think. For one thing, he has announced that he is running for Sheriff in Henry County, Georgia in 2020, county south southeast of Atlanta.
Shaq has also spoken about the problem of violence and shootings in public schools and he says the problem isn’t banning guns but putting armed police around schools.
(CBS Sports) – Shaquille O’Neal is a longtime friend of the police. He’s running for sheriff in Georgia in 2020, he was named an honorary officer after completing an unofficial police academy program in 2016 and he’s remained outspoken on police rights. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Shaq’s answer to school shootings is to make schools safer by placing cops around them, not by banning guns.
“The government should give law enforcement more money,” he said on WABC Radio on Wednesday, via ESPN. “Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put ’em in front of the schools, you put ’em behind the schools, you put ’em inside the schools, and we need to pass information. … I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools.”
O’Neal points out that the prevalence of weapons already on the street would make a ban counterproductive, and allow the black market to thrive…
Shaq has not said that is against training and arming teachers but has said that he supports stronger background checks. He also said that the problem isn’t guns but the wrong people carrying guns and we all know that is a product of America’s dysfunctional society that inundates our young people with all kinds of violence.