Addressing the elephant in the room

Broward sheriff to deploy deputies with rifles to guard public schools


In response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead and 16 injured on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday that he is planning to issue rifles to trained resource deputies at local public schools.

During a press conference, Israel told reporters that Broward Superintendent Robert W. Runcie supported the idea. Israel has also faced criticism for the department’s response to the shooting. He said there was an armed deputy on campus, but he did not fire his gun.

“His response and actions, like everyone else, will be scrutinized,” Israel said.

After the death of the 14 teens and 3 adults, Israel said he believed law makers needed to enact “common sense” gun laws and said he had a conversation about it with Gov. Rick Scott.

Nikolas Cruz, who confessed to the shooting, purchased the AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle when he was 18 years old.  

Coral Springs and Sunrise police officers reportedly ran into action before BSO deputies, but some felt they were not getting the credit they deserved.

“Shame on anyone who would talk about credit at a time like this,” Israel said. “This is about the victims and the families who lost their loved ones and anybody who would worry about credit at a time like this is petty.”

Armed guards are at movie theaters, concerts, sporting events and our airports. You can’t even take water or too big of a bottle of lotion on an airplane. It makes no sense to allow schools to be unguarded. The other soft target that needs pistol packing protection is churches. But an armed officers with rifles is a good start to deter cowards like this Cruz punk from wreaking havoc in South Florida.

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