... and why should we expect a “school resource officer” to fight like a battle-hardened Ranger?
I don’t expect him to fight like a Ranger, I expect him to do the job he’s paid for and confront the threat that he is armed specifically to confront.
“... and why should we expect a school resource officer to fight like a battle-hardened Ranger?”
Then why does he have a gun?
Because he was a sheriff’s deputy. No one expected him to fight like a “battled hardened ranger”. We just don’t expect him to do nothing.
This was not a rent a cop. This was supposedly a trained person. I bet he was hell on wheels about hunting parents down and harassing them if they dared to pull their kids and put them in another school.
(Bitter personal experience)
Because he was a sworn deputy, with 20+ years of law enforcement experience.
It would not take a battle hardened ranger to ease in the door of that school with a 12 gauge shotgun and carefully move up to a point where he could get a shot at that kid. Like when he was reloading. You don’t come back from a load of 00 buck shot.
Because the 32 year law enforcement officer who trains every month does not need to be a combat hardened Ranger. There were no artillery, no rockets, no armies, no land mines and there was only 1 teenage enemy opponent who clearly had little or no training. In fact, if the SRO had been doing their job, the teenage suspect, who'd been thrown out of the same school, would have never made it onto the school campus in the first place.
Apparently an entire platoon of unknown mental cases, who didn't attend the school, could have willy nillie walk into campus, right past the cop and shot everyone on campus.
We SHOULD expect him to do the job he is being paid for....
. and why should we expect a school resource officer to fight like a battle-hardened Ranger
He is a Broward county police officer with firearms training, body armor and weaponry. His salary is $75,000 a year not including benefits. He chose not to protect and serve. I would expect him to engage. He chose to protect himself and leave those unarmed children unprotected and exposed to a well armed psychotic murderer. I don’t judge him because I wasn’t ever in that position. I pray to God that I would have the courage to die defending those kids and not have to live the rest of my life knowing that I didn’t
An unarmed senior ran to the building where the shooter was to try and get to his girlfriend. Give him a weapon.
We expect the deputy to fight, using the tools of his trade that are on his duty belt, because that is the job he took, and that is the job he is paid to accomplish. If he is/was unwilling to go toward the sound of gunfire and engage the shooter or shooters, then he needs to change careers. As a direct result of his incompetence, students and teachers died and others were wounded. The same can be said of the next three Broward County deputies who responded. And the sheriff should find a new career. When your department leadership is deep in the democrat tank, these are the results we get. The role of the deputy is to serve and protect, not hide and cower.