The Internet Is Demanding Broward County Sheriff Israel Resign

Brittany M. Hughes | February 23, 2018
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After news broke Thursday that an armed Broward County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida stood outside the building for a solid four minutes and did nothing while a deranged killer murdered 17 people inside, the internet exploded with calls for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel – who’d previously blamed the NRA for the murders during a CNN town hall Wednesday – to resign.

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who had found herself on stage being blamed by Israel for being complicit in murder simply for being a gun rights advocate, blasted the sheriff for his department's multiple failings leading up to the shooting.


Loesch's sentiments were echoed across conservative Twitter with calls for the sheriff to immediately resign.


Scot Peterson, the officer on duty at the school that day, has resigned and his home is being guarded by six armed guards, local reports say.

The list of failures by government agencies including the Broward County Sheriff’s office that led to last Wednesday’s shooting are piling up almost too quickly to count. While the FBI failed to follow up on numerous tips regarding the gunman’s threat to shoot up a school, Broward County law enforcement had visited the 19-year-old’s home a whopping 39 times in response to reports of violence and threats, ultimately doing nothing. The gunman had reportedly brought knives and bullets to school, assaulted a parent, assaulted other students and made a slew of online threats about shooting up a school, even expressing a desire to be a “professional school shooter.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s office received at least 18 calls between 2008 and 2017 from concerned residents regarding the future gunman’s erratic behavior and threats, including at least five that mentioned he had weapons.

Even as the shooter went on a rampage throughout the school, an armed and trained sheriff's deputy stood outside the building and did not enter to confront the killer.

And yet somehow, amidst all these government failings, the NRA and its 5 million law-abiding gun owners, who had nothing to do with the incident, have found themselves on the receiving end of the blame.

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