Since the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida that killed 17 people, many have suggested that guns weren’t the problem at all. They said we needed more guns to combat gun violence. As a matter of fact, some have even suggested arming teachers to confront a deranged shooter with a high caliber weapon. The argument is that, if the shooter fears that teachers and other personnel were armed, that would discourage them from going on a rampage at that location, even better, the armed personnel and teachers could quickly neutralize the threat. Something like that may work. But the people who came up with this brilliant idea forgot one important thing. HUMAN NATURE. Tough talk, carrying a gun, and even having the willingness to fire that gun is all good until you hear the sound of bullets flying from a high-powered assault weapon. High-powered assault weapons that shoot dozens of rounds per minute. The kind of shooting that will make a person take cover and beg for the gunfire to end. Faced with a threat of that nature, all of that tough talk goes out the window sometimes. If we’re being completely honest….everybody says that they would run into a burning building to save someone. But how many people have actually been in that situation and done exactly what they’d always preached? You never really know what you will do, until you are put in a situation. And the moment you are, you may not like what you find out about yourself. Like the “armed and trained” resource officer who was on duty the afternoon a 19-year old maniac came running into a school firing off rounds from a high-powered assault rifle, as he gunned down student after student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last week.
The New York Daily News (NYdailynews), reports, the school resource officer on duty when a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school found a safe spot outside the building and did absolutely nothing, officials said Thursday.
Scot Peterson resigned after video surfaced of him outside the school on Feb. 14 when Nikolas Cruz was inside the building letting off multiple rounds from an AR-15, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Israel said Peterson remained outside of the building for about four of the six minutes Cruz was inside killing students with an assault rifle. When asked what Peterson should’ve done, Israel bluntly said
“Went in. Addressed the killer. Kill the killer.”