In the wake of the terrifying school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the debate over gun control has reached a fever pitch.
The Left is pointing its collective finger at the NRA and contending that more laws on the books will prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. Reality suggests that’s not the case.
That said, the Left is correct about one thing: this was a preventable tragedy.
What, in fact, happened was that an inordinate amount of balls were dropped along the way. Fingers are being pointed directly at one man for the overall egregious mishandling of things, and calls for disciplinary measures against him continue to grow louder. And now there are 74 Republicans who are demanding his immediate suspension.
The Daily Caller has the details.
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott Sunday urging him to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his department’s handling of the Parkland shooting.
Corcoran published the letter — signed by 73 Republican lawmakers — on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
Today I sent the following letter to @FLGovScott Asking that he suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for incompetence and dereliction of duty. I was honored to be joined by 73 Republican colleagues. You can read the letter attached here. pic.twitter.com/exZVwGQ3DR
— Richard Corcoran (@richardcorcoran) February 25, 2018
Evidence continues to come forward that points to the fact that it was essentially common knowledge that deranged shooter Nikolas Cruz was a powder keg waiting to explode.
Police officers were summoned to his home an inordinate amount of times, and there’s also the little matter of the department’s response on the day of the shooting itself when a police officer that was already at the school did not go inside the school once it was known a shooter was on the premises.
“Sheriff Israel’s fundamental duty is to keep the peace and protect the citizens of Broward County,” Corcoran continued. “He has the power and responsibility to appoint highly qualified deputies and to ensure they receive state-of-the-art-training.”
“Sheriff Israel failed to maintain a culture of alertness, vigilance, and thoroughness amongst his deputies. Sheriff Israel failed to fulfill his duty to ensure that all of his deputies have the necessary active shooter tactical training. As a result of Sheriff Israel’s failures, students and teachers died.”
As the days move along, more and more details emerge about the departments mishandling of concerns about Cruz, as well as an overall lack of preparedness for handling the horrifying situation as it went down.
Corcoran and company are right on the money. Israel needs to be held accountable for that fact and suspended immediately. We hope Gov. Rick Scott does the right thing, and quickly.
Source: Daily Caller