In an effort to stop the active shooter incidents that have plagued the nation recently and as lawmakers continue to debate how to handle the problem, a Florida sheriff is advocating for armed personnel in schools. Fox Tampa reported that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, “One is better than none,” during a lecture on Thursday at Polk State College Center for Public Safety. “Two is preferable to one. Three is preferable to two. Three is inferior to four.”
Judd discussed the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings, in which Nikolas Cruz opened fire on the Florida campus, killing 17 people and injuring 17. Cruz was later sentenced to life in prison.
Judd listed a number of mistakes that contributed to the shooting on Thursday, including an Uber driver who drove Cruz while carrying a rifle and remained silent and a responding law enforcement officer who appeared to struggle to put on a bullet-proof vest despite being required to do so at the scene.
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Judd pointed out that when a school shooting occurs, law enforcement typically shows up after most of the harm has been done. So, schools must be prepared to protect themselves, which is why there have to be more armed individuals on campuses. Because school shootings are so common, several school districts are thinking of arming teachers or stationing armed security officers and former service members on campuses to safeguard children.
Kim Lingenfelter, the superintendent of Cherokee Schools in Iowa, stated last month that: “Nobody wants weapons in schools, but we also don’t want bad folks carrying guns. Additionally, the board has approached the task of ensuring the safety of both children and employees with caution and seriousness.”