NBA champion and former MVP Shaquille O’Neal rarely discusses social and political issues, so he raised plenty of eyebrows with his recent comments on school shootings.
Rather than join the chorus of celebrities calling for more gun control and gun free zones, O’Neal dished out some basic common sense when it came to keeping schools safe.
O’Neal said, rather than keep schools a gun-free zone, there should be more armed police in schools to protect students. Shaq’s father is an Army veteran, so O’Neal likely understands the importance of having trained armed personnel to protect the innocent.
Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, who has been sworn in as a member of multiple police departments and plans to run for Henry County (Ga.) sheriff in 2020, says a solution for gun violence in schools is an increased police presence.
“Two things that have never mixed are children and guns,” O’Neal said during an interview on WABC Radio on Wednesday. ” … Something has to be done. You hear a lot of people talking about getting these guns off the streets. Only problem with that is there’s 15 million of them out there already on the streets. Another problem is, if you ban them, then you’re going to create an underground market, and the gun collectors are going to become more valuable.
O’Neal suggests a novel idea – put police trainees in schools to keep them safe.
“I think the quick fix now, the government should give law enforcement more money. Give more money, recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go in the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put them in front of the schools, you put them behind the schools, you put them inside the schools.”
O’Neal last week voiced his support on social media for March For Our Lives — marches on the streets of Washington, D.C. and throughout the world during which the participants will “demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities.”