ELDER PATRIOT – Last Wednesday when National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch appeared at a CNN “town hall” told survivors of the school shooting that she was “fighting” for them Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel interrupted her and gave a thoroughly disingenuous speech of his own:
“I understand that you’re standing up for the NRA … but you just told this group of people that you’re standing up for them. You are not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’”
In the highly partisan audience that CNN had taken great pains to assemble the sheriff’s words were met with a standing ovations.
After Loesch lays out a compelling case of how Israel and the entire law enforcement framework ignored all of the warning signs and failed us, Sheriff Israel has the temerity to tell her: “You’re absolutely not the litmus test for how law enforcement should follow up.”
Now we know it was all kabuki theater.
What we didn’t know at the time the town hall aired but that Sheriff Israel did know at that time, was that all four of his deputies that were on the scene – the one assigned to protect the school and the three that responded to the call – all refused to answer the call of duty.
Instead, they cowered outside hiding behind their cars. Right, “trust us to protect you.”
Even if Cruz was 21 or 31 his team of first responders weren’t entering that building. Age had nothing to do with the lack of response of the officers who report to him.
When it was first reported that Scott Peterson, the “armed resource officer” on duty didn’t respond we chalked it up to cowardice. Now that we know there were four officers who failed to do anything to save those kids, we have to wonder if a “stand down” order had been given.
Israel, for all his reassuring gun-grabbing bluster, is a phony that needs to be fired and interrogated.
Were his deputies chosen for their cowardice or is Israel just an incompetent unable to build a team with the balls to carryout the necessary response? Or worse, was Israel part of a larger government conspiracy to fail?
Tucker Carlson provided a completely factual accounting of just how badly the government failed:
The only conclusion was the one that Carlson came to:
“The schools failed. The local police failed. The Florida State bureaucracy failed. The officer on duty failed. The FBI failed. The government’s first duty is protecting its citizens. They failed.
“Ultimately citizens have to defend themselves. The message could not be clearer. And yet, the same government officials who failed to protect us are saying we don’t have a right to protect ourselves.”
And we’d still be swallowing the crap Israel was feeding us if the Coral Springs PD had answered the call. They obviously didn’t get the stand down order.
What they found when the arrived at the scene sickened them.
Sources from Coral Springs, Fla., Police Department announced that when its officers arrived on the scene they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with weapons drawn. And, the school’s armed resource officer hiding also outside.
The Coral Springs cops entered the building to engage the shooter on their own. Later other Broward County deputies arrived; only two entered the high school.
Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum was incensed that confronted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel during a vigil for victims the next day, where he accused his officers of laying back when students could have been dying in the school.
That wasn’t the last of it. The next day, Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi wrote in an internal e-mail “another agency has given the impression that it had provided the majority of the rescue efforts. Please know that this issue will be addressed, and the truth will come out in time.”
So when the disingenuous sheriff told Dana Loesch “You’re absolutely not the litmus test for how law enforcement should follow up” who does he think should be? Certainly it can’t be him.
This is still the United States, and thanks to the election of President Trump, We the People, still have the right to determine how we choose to defend ourselves.