March 15, 2018
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says the way to keep schools safe is to provide more funding for law enforcement and station police throughout the nation’s schools – but, not to ban weapons, because that simply won’t work.
“The government should give law enforcement more money,” he said on WABC Radio’s “Curtis and Cosby” show on Wednesday. “Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put ’em in front of the schools, you put ’em behind the schools, you put ’em inside the schools, and we need to pass information. … I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools.”
O’Neal lives in Florida, so the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland that killed 17 people hit close to home.
Although many law enforcement groups have supported bans on semiautomatic weapons, O’Neal doesn’t think a ban is the answer.
“There’s a lot of those weapons already on the streets,” O’Neal said. “So it’s not like, if you say, ‘OK, these weapons are banned,’ people are gonna go, ‘Oh man, let me turn it in.’ That’s definitely not going to happen.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:55 am