To paraphrase Fat Tony, I’m not so mad at all the ways authorities failed the Parkland students (see Report: Was the FBI Warned About the Parkland School Shooter? and Report: Police Called to Parkland Shooter’s Home 39 Times). I’m mostly blinded by anger over it. The absolute worst was learning the armed resource officer who cowered while 17 students were being killed. Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle Cook took to Twitter to make it clear. If you think you might be a coward, time to consider a different line of work.
If you are a police officer and you think to yourself for even one second that you will not be able to run towards the gunfire…please quit now. We won't be mad. Innocent lives depend on us to act #dontletthemdown
— Michelle Cook (@Wunulub) February 23, 2018
Chief Cook goes on to say “Cowardice or unwillingness to train to active shooter response tactics are unacceptable.”
I realize it’s easy to call someone else a coward when you don’t know how you would act. My name isn’t President Trump. I’m not going to claim I’d run into the school unarmed. And no MAGA-America, Trump leaking a story to a New York tabloid he probably wrote himself in the 90s doesn’t prove anything. Please stop it.
When it came down to it, there’s a good chance I’d be hiding behind the equipment annex. But this is why I’m a blogger and NOT a law enforcement officer. I don’t know for sure if I have it in me. Know thyself. If thyself would rather be a Monday Morning Quarterback from the couch, you gotta do you. Just don’t sign up to carry the badge. Fair?
If you don’t know for sure and kid’s lives are dependent on you, Walmart is hiring. Ain’t no shame in greeting grumpy shoppers.