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PARKLAND (CBSMiami) – One week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has ordered all deputies in schools to carry rifles on school grounds.

“This morning, I implemented a practice within the Broward Sheriff’s Office and spoke to Mr. Runcie and he’s fully cooperative of my decision, that our deputies who are qualified and trained will be carrying rifles on school grounds from this point forward,” announced Sheriff Israel at a late afternoon news conference. “The only place, people are asking me, where they will not carry their rifle, until we look for gun locks and gun lockers, they only place where they’re not slinging their rifles, they will be allowed to be stored is locked in their police vehicle. So it will be done safely. Only deputies who are trained and qualified will carry those rifles. But we need to defeat any threat that comes onto campus.”

When asked if officers will carry AR-15’s, Israel said some would. But they are single shot rifles, not fully automatic.

When asked about the motive behind the shooting, Israel replied, “Pure evil, pure evil.”

He also spoke about Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ School Resource Deputy on the day of the shooting.

“Deputy Peterson was on campus. As you all know, he’s the School Resource Deputy. He was armed. As our command staff moves forward in this investigation the response and actions of Deputy Peterson will be looked at and scrutinized as will everyone.”

Sheriff Israel added, “I think schools, as soft targets need to fortified. We need to look at how many school resource deputies are being employed at each school.” He added, “We also need to talk about sensible gun control.”

Comments (12)
  1. Karl Kutzner says:

    common sense to the rescue of gun-free zones.

  2. Steve Byro says:

    Does this guy speak and understand English?

  3. Maxim Arcana says:

    “Also need to talk about sensible gun control”…. So continual conspiracy to deprive us of our rights… How can “Shall not be infringed” mean this? Does any law matter if something so clear cut can be manipulated and discarded?

  4. beefrank says:

    What is a ‘single-shot’ rifle? The media ignorance is appalling.

    1. Rush Elkins says:

      Muzzle-loaders, to boot, no doubt. That ticked me off, too. Perhaps a firearms course, with actual range experience, should be mandatory at all journalism schools. Reporters need to have at least a bit of comprehension of what they are reporting on.

  5. Long overdue. The only real solution. Everything else is silly fluff talk.

    1. Diane Dina says:

      Darren Davis – B-I-N-G-O! What is so difficult to understand?

    2. The majority of teachers are ultra Leftist terrified of guns… which is also how journalist became so uneducated about guns.

  6. How about we figure out what we were doing 30 years ago and start doing that again?

    My solution would never be approved by the idiot public.. but it involves DNA testing and monitoring students with high-risk genes. Whether you believe in genetics or not, all mass shooters have the same mutations and it’s easy to test for. But bringing genetics in would make you a nazi and discredit the Democrat’s entire platform so… we tend to overlook it as no one wants to admit the nazis were right.

  7. The NRA has been giving this advice for years. It is sorry that these school districts have not listened. You want better protection, bring the advice of the NRA to your school, not take them out.

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