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School Resource Officer Stops Shooting in FL — Where is the Media?

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“If it bleeds, it leads.” When the shooter in Parkland Florida committed his atrocity, news agencies not only covered it for days, lawmakers took part by hastily enacting poorly planned, conceived, and executed legislation. In large part, the shooter-caused carnage was laid at the feet of the school resource officer who sheltered outside instead of engaging the shooter—a fact the media covered to a lesser degree. Then, last week, there was another school shooting in Florida, but this shooting was much different.

When good guys with guns engage the bad guys, the threat can be minimized or neutralized.

This time, when the shooter touched off his first shot, the school resource officer immediately rushed to the direction of the report of the gunshot, engaged, and took the shooter into custody—eliminating further danger. Did the news media cover the shooting? Was this plastered across your TV screen? Are lawmakers changing firearm legislation as a result? Of course not, they do not have a tragedy to capitalize for their own purposes.

The shooting happened Friday morning at Forest High School in Ocala. The suspect was first identified as a student, but later clarification shows that he was not a student at the school.

He brought a shotgun into the school, concealed in a guitar case, and blended in with students. At some point, he fired a shot at the bottom of a door, and some pellets from the shotgun blast struck a student in the ankle. As soon as the resource officer heard the noise, he rushed to the area. The suspect was quickly taken into custody by a school resource officer—Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy James Long.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said, Long heard a loud bang! about 8:39 a.m. and immediately rushed to the source of the sound. Within minutes, at about 8:42 a.m., Long reached the shooting scene and had the shooter in custody, officials said.  “[Long] did not hesitate. He went right in,” Woods said at a news conference.

There is no telling what the gunman had planned or how much damage he was looking to do, but one thing is clear. Had an armed resistance not been there, this kid could have fired more shots and/or made a clean getaway. Thanks to Long, none of those were an option.

In the video above, you can see police coming into a room and telling everyone that they are alright. While the students’ hands are up, the police check the room for potential threats.

The shooting happened on April 20, 2018, the same day that a nationwide walkout was planned to protest ‘gun violence’. This particular school had planned to participate, but the event was canceled in light of what had taken place that morning.

The media took note of this thwarted school shooting but unless there’s a lot of death and destruction, they’re rather moot. This type of outcome doesn’t feed ratings, and is why they are overlooked. If the U.S. population actually saw these events like they do the tragic ones, I am certain we would have a lot more people fighting for the idea of armed personnel inside of schools.

Why do you think this story was not covered by the network media? Share your answer in the comment section.

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