In Florida A
Stoneman-Douglas Cop Resigns
This “good guy with a gun” never even went in to confront the mass school shooter
February 23, 2018
Chronicle news & opinion
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel at news conference saying a police officer failed to act to stop the killer at Stoneman-Douglas school.
CLICK TO ENLARGE. NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre who has been pushing the flawed argument for years that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
(NATIONAL) – For years the National Rifle Association has been pushing the sketchy claim that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good with a gun.”
It was and is a claim riddled with large holes because it rests on numerous flawed assumptions such as: the “good guy” with a gun can even shoot straight and not kill innocent bystanders by accident, is trained in close quarters combat enough to be effective in such an adrenaline-chaos pumped moment, can even get close enough to the shooter to be effective, has a proven firearm that won’t jam at the worst possible time and who would even have the courage to confront a crazed killer who had equal or superior firepower.
All assumptions that can evaporate when rubber hits the road and lives are on the line even when the "good guy with a gun" is a trained police officer.
And now a cop, a “good guy with a gun” in Florida has proven that NRA claim to be a hugely flawed argument because this good guy with firepower didn’t even attempt use it in a crime scene that begged for a good guy with a weapon to swing into action and save the day.
A police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday, after he came under investigation for failing to enter the Florida Stoneman-Douglas school building as a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
At a news conference Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson, 54, should indeed have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”
Israel says video footage showed Peterson did none of that. Isarel also said that two deputies were put under investigation for how they handled potential warnings about the lone suspect in the killings, Nikolas Cruz including one from November in which a caller said Cruz claimed he could be “a school shooter in the making.”
The death toll in that school massacre was 14 students and three eductaors after the lone gunman walked in with a AR-15 high-cap rifle and started spraying the school with bullets on Valentine’s Day. Police say Cruz later confessed to the crimes.
At his news conference Israel said a video shows deputy Peterson was outside the building for “upwards of four minutes” while students were being murdered inside.
He said, “What I saw was a deputy arrive … take up a position and he never went in...there are no words...I mean these families lost their children.”
Peterson resigned and retired Thursday during the noon hour after he’d been suspended without pay earlier in the day, Israel said.
Israel says the investigation into the school shootings continues.
Late Thursday the news broke that several Palm Beach County, Fla., police officers were guarding the home of former Deputy Peterson, according to a report by WSVN-TV.
Peterson’s failure to act and do his duty has provoked widespread public outrage.