The National Rifle Association has been the target of much scrutiny since a 19-year-old deranged shooter opened fire at a Florida high school on Feb. 14. Many Americans place blame for the shooting on the NRA because the organization supports the Second Amendment.
But with all of the new information coming out about how the Broward County Sheriff’s Office botched a response to the active shooter and the investigations leading up to the shooting, the NRA took aim at the law enforcement agency for its apparent carelessness.
The organization tweeted Friday:
No Sheriff Israel you were the one that didn’t PROTECT these children and that is your job. You run the largest fully accredited sheriff's office in the United States, yet your office failed this community. https://t.co/lauyeNedob
— NRA (@NRA) February 23, 2018
The NRA’s tweet came in response to a tweet from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The organization tweeted a statement its leader, Sheriff Scott Israel, made at a CNN town hall Wednesday night.
That night, Israel accused the NRA of not “standing up” for students nationwide because they advocate for the Second Amendment and oppose new gun restrictions arguing that increased gun regulations won’t prevent the next mass shooting. Israel directed his comments at NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who attended the town hall.
What new information has come out?
In addition to the report that the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school — who was a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy — didn’t confront the shooter, attempt to save any lives during the shooting and only took cover outside, a new report came out Friday that really placed the sheriff agency under the microscope.
That report said that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school during the shooting but also didn’t act and only stood outside with their colleague.
Instead, officers from the Coral Springs police department entered the school first. They arrived to MSD and discovered the Broward County sheriff deputies with their weapons drawn but not inside the school.