The Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd went on Fox News to explain how allowing teachers and professors to carry firearms in the classroom would be a “game changer” and knocks some sense into the whole gun control debate that is circling schools around America right now.
“We have got to wake up, wake up and understand that we have to have… specially trained people that have concealed firearms that can run to the threat and protect our children,” Judd said.
Judd comes on to talk about a program in Florida that has already been in place since 2016, called the Sentinal program, that evaluates the staff of a school to see which ones would be allowed to own a firearm and then go through intensive training.
Judd said his initiative would screen and select teachers with skill and psychological requirements that exceed the Florida State Police’s requirements for their officers.
“I’ve presented this plan to the governor and the state legislature,” Judd explains. “We want to see if the Florida legislature cares as much about the children of this state as we do.”
Judd believes if this program was in place for schools all across the country, then the horrific incident that happened at Parkland “could have been different.”
He said that every school and college campus in the state of Florida is already a “gun-free zone,” but that “crazed person[s]” like shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz have shown they do not abide by such policies.
Judd said it would be a “game changer” if some teachers were armed, pointing to two coaches at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who died shielding students from gunfire.
“Here’s the basic math. The average shooter is finished with it’s evil deed in about two to five minutes. We study these things. In fact, in Broward County (Where Parkland is) it was three minutes. The average police response is plus five minutes,” Judd explains.
He is essentially mapping out how police response is just too slow currently to effectively stop a shooter from taking more lives while they are doing the shooting, but if trained professionals at the scene were able to defend them and the kids, then things would have probably turned out differently.