A Florida sheriff is pushing for armed individuals in schools in an effort to prevent active shooter situations that have plagued the country in recent years and as lawmakers continue to debate how to address the problem.
“One is better than nothing,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a presentation Thursday at Polk State College’s Center for Public Safety, Fox Tampa reported. “Two is better than one. Three is better than two. Four is better than three.”
Judd spoke about the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings, in which Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 17 more on the Parkland, Florida campus. Cruz has since been sentenced to life in prison.
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On Thursday, Judd listed a series of mistakes that led to the shooting, from an Uber driver who drove Cruz with a rifle and said nothing, to a police officer who responded and appeared to hesitate while donning a bulletproof vest. , which he should have already been using in the scene.
Judd noted that more often than not, law enforcement arrives at a school shooting after most of the damage has been done. So schools have to be ready to defend themselves, which is why more armed people are needed on campus.
The prevalence of mass shootings in schools has led some school districts to consider arming teachers or placing armed security guards and military veterans on campuses to protect children.
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Cherokee Schools Superintendent Kim Lingenfelter in Iowa said last month: “Nobody wants guns in school, but we want bad guys with a gun even less. And the board has taken a very measured and serious approach to the challenge of keeping students safe and secure. staff.”