After the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults, the mainstream media and the Biden administration used the tragedy to promote more gun restrictions around the country. It was only a matter of hours after the shooting that President Joe Biden addressed the nation, again, calling for a ban on certain assault rifles.
While Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered numerous resources available to the victims, families, and first responders, Beto O’Rourke crashed the press conference, making it about guns. With the heinous act becoming nothing more than another debate, the Sheriff of Polk County, Florida, not only expressed the heartache he was feeling but had a stern warning for any person looking to cause harm to children in the Sunshine State.
During his second press conference on the Robb Elementary School mass shooting, the Sheriff, Grady Judd, said, “I think, but for the grace of God, it could have been any one of us and our children or our grandchildren. When you take your children to school healthy and well in the morning, you have every right and expectation to receive them back in the afternoon in the same healthy state.”
The Sheriff transitioned his speech, as can be seen in the video above, to a warning, admitting, “If you come to a school in this county, armed, we’re going to do our best through either our guardians, our school resource officers, or our school resource deputy sheriffs to eliminate the threat outside of the school before they ever get to the children. We’re trained to do that.”
Sheriff Judd, wanting to get his point across, held up a picture of a deputy pointing a gun, adding, “This is the last thing you’ll see before we put a bullet through your head if you’re trying to hurt our children. We are going to shoot you graveyard dead if you come onto a campus with a gun, threatening our children or shooting at us.”
Sharing their experience with such a tragedy, Ryan and Kelly Petty, whose daughter Alaina was murdered at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, discussed the lack of response by the police officers first on the scene. There are reports that it took officers 40 minutes to enter the elementary school after the shooter entered. The father stated, “I’ve been pretty vocal on social media about the tragedy we keep learning about each day in Uvalde. I’ve watched the video… I’ve watched the failure, and my heart breaks. It took months for us to understand Parkland. The simple act of locking that door in that school, all of those kids and those teachers might be alive today. Law enforcement could have addressed that threat outside of that school. It’s the little simple things like locking doors that can make all the difference. It is difficult to know how easily he got into the school.”