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“This republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it.” ― Elmer Davis
Just when you think the story of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School cannot get worse, it does. Apparently a security guard saw the shooter (I won’t name him) entering the high school armed. He did not confront the shooter. I cannot blame the guard for that; he was unarmed. Neither did he do what he was supposed to do: raise an alarm. Instead he called a fellow security guard inside the school (also unarmed), and went about his business. The fellow guard also did not raise the alarm. Instead he locked himself in a safe room.
Unsurprisingly, he has not been fired, merely reassigned.
I say unsurprisingly because this is the school at which the armed guard hunkered down behind cover during the shooting, the other sheriff’s deputies responding set up a perimeter outside the school until the shooting was over, and a captain prevented EMTs from entering the school to render assistance. It was all a piece with the standards of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
Contrast this to what happened at Santa Fe, TX, where a guard armed with a pistol went up against a shooter armed with a shotgun. The guard was shot and badly injured. He almost died on the operating table. Yet that action engaged the shooter long enough for the students to get clear and limit the damage.
Courage — there is no substitute for it.