With all of the recent school shootings, you’d think the parents of the victims would want stricter gun laws, and in actuality, most of them do. But that’s not the case with Andrew Pollack.
Pollack’s daughter Meadow was tragically killed in the attacks on Stoneman Douglas High School on February 18, 2018. Despite going against the majority, Pollack believes Americans must protect themselves and arm up because when each second counts “first responders are minutes away.“
Pollack told Fox News,
“I was never such a pro-Second Amendment type of guy until this happened to my daughter and I saw how she became such a victim on that third floor and no one came to help her.”
He went on to add,
“The police weren’t there. Security wasn’t there.”
Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County Sheriff (also head of the commission which examined the Parkland shooting), reportedly called for teachers to be armed. Gualtieri was quoted saying,
“People need to keep an open mind to it as the reality is that if someone else in that school had a gun it could have saved kids’ lives.”
Pollack and Gualtieri share the same view on the matter, suggesting that being armed can prevent loss of life. But we can only wonder if more guns is the answer. We may have had a clearer idea if security stepped up in the instance of the Parkland shooting, but the reality is, innocent people were killed.
If an armed officer entered the building and drew his gun it would have done one of two things. It could have scared the shooter to drop his weapon or resulted in the officer using his gun to harm, and if necessary, kill the suspect. Either way we cannot deny having a gun has at least some impact. We leave it for you the people to decide.