Professional Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said he does not believe the gun ban for which many liberals are advocating would prevent a tragedy like the Parkland shooting.
In order to prevent school shootings, Shaq said the solution is having more cops in schools and subsequently increasing funding for law enforcement agencies.
As USA Today reports, the basketball hall of famer has been sworn in as a member of several police departments and intends to run for a sheriff position in 2020.
“Two things that have never mixed are children and guns,” Shaq said, per the report. “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.”
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The NBA legend said more money being funneled into law enforcement agencies across the country would help them hire more people to better protect schools.
“I think the quick fix now, the government should give law enforcement more money,” he said. “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.”
“I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools,” he added, per Fox News Insider.
Per the report:
The NBA Hall of Famer, who lives in Florida and played for the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat during his career, was asked about the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.
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But he said the response should be to harden schools against attackers and provide more money for law enforcement around the country.
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The Hill reports Shaq mentioned his support for background checks and offered vocal support for those students raising awareness to preventing gun violence at schools:
The basketball star did express support, however, for student walkouts organized Wednesday by survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting. Thousands of students walked out of classes and marched on Capitol Hill in support of gun law changes one month after the deadly shooting.
O’Neal said he supports stricter background checks, one reform floated since the shooting.
“I wish I could join ’em, but you know, hopefully it sends a message to the powers that be,” he said. “‘Cause we have to stop this.”
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“We have to stop this,” he added, via USA Today. “I mean, I would like to see tougher background checks. It was just a sad incident. I really feel for the parents. Imagine being a parent going to work and you get a call that your baby was gunned down for no reason. At all. … The children are the future. We have to protect our children. And if you can’t protect our children, in school, where are they safe?”