Shaquille O'Neal on Parkland Shooting: Put More Police Officers in Schools

Shaquille O'Neal on Parkland Shooting: Put More Police Officers in Schools”

So while 45 is proposing we arm teachers with guns, Shaq is advocating for schools to hire more cops instead.

The Hall of Famer made the comments in an interview with host Rita Cosby from WABC Radio's "Curtis and Cosby" show.

What Shaq does NOT want the government to do is ban semiautomatic weapons - like the one Nikolas Cruz used to gun down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS - arguing they'll become even more risky on the black market.

O'Neal also doubted that a ban on guns would solve the problem.

The Stoneman Douglas shooting claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members, sparking debate over stricter gun control in the country, where anyone over the age of 18 can legally purchase firearms. Thousands of students walked out of classes and marched on Capitol Hill in support of gun law changes one month after the deadly shooting.

"You know it was a very, very sad incident", he said, per ESPN. "Close to my heart". O'Neal lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, not far from Parkland, where the February 14 high school shooting that killed 17 people occurred.

Even before his National Basketball Association career, which featured four championships and an MVP award, ended in 2011, O'Neal was training to be a law enforcement agent.

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Per George Richards of the Miami Herald, Shaq has been sworn in as a reserve officer in Florida, Arizona, Georgia and California over the past several years. "The plan is to really preach accountability, to really preach respect and really teach to treat people as human beings", he said at the time.

"The government should give law enforcement more money", O'Neal says.

"The government should give law enforcement more money. So, you know, we just need to keep our eyes open". I would like to see tougher background checks.

"I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools".

O'Neal points out that the prevalence of weapons already on the street would make a ban counterproductive, and allow the black market to thrive.

"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", he adds.

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