Parkland School Shooting so sad – Who is partly to blame?

Yesterday marked the one-month anniversary of the Parkland School Shooting. First, I wanted to say how proud I am of all the young people around the world getting involved with walkouts and civil protest to get politicians to wake-up to sensible gun control. Your voices matter. Keep it up.

This article is not going to be about gun control. It is going to be about cities, sheriffs and local politicians failing our communities and the citizens they serve.

We have to get to the core of the problem if we are going to fix the problem. Police agencies have to get their heads out of their asses and understand there is a segment of society who just doesn’t like them.

So how do you help a segment of society that doesn’t like you. You work harder with that community. Some people you arrest, some you educate and some you partner with. You bring in people like me who deal with that segment on a daily basis and change their minds all the time. It is how you connect with people.  

There was a program called the Weed and Seed Program the federal government had that was defunded in 2014. Bad move and it is showing today. The Weed and Seed Program was a program that worked with the Federal US Attorney, Law Enforcement Agencies and the Community.

To explain the program in a nut shell, what it did was Weed out the bad people (gangs, drug dealers, criminals, etc.) in certain communities and then Seed programs like the Reality Check Program and other programs to educate and connect the community with the police and bring the community back to the hard working, good people who live in those communities.

Although the weed and Seed Program was defunded in 2014, I still put some blame on cities, sheriffs and local politicians who could still fund parts of the program with confiscation funds.

I work with the Lake Saint Louis Police department, Fort Lauderdale police department, Miami Dade schools police to name a few who use confiscation funds to purchase the Reality Check Program video cards to connect their officers with the communities they serve.

The Broward Sheriff’s department had numerous calls to the school shooters house. That is not in dispute, but I can’t get it out of my head that if maybe the Sheriff’s department had the Reality Check Video cards, this kid might NOT have done the despicable act he did. I know for sure it couldn’t have hurt.

If the Broward Sheriff’s department had our video cards and one of the sheriffs that went to Cruz’s house had given the card to this family, (it would have been written in a report) and just maybe, just maybe the kid would have “got it” and reached out for help and not do what he did. Sadly, we will never know now and 17 lives were lost.

Being pro-active is the answer, not re-active. Wake up cities, sheriffs and politicians.

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About the Author: 

Larry Lawton is an author, TV Personality, Speaker, Teen/Young Adult Expert and Law Enforcement Consultant. Larry developed the nationally recognized Reality Check Program and Reality Check Video Card Program for police agencies.

Lawrence “Larry” Lawton appears regularly on national TV and Radio as an expert on teen issues, crime, schools and community policing. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC  —  CLICK HERE to see Larry Lawton on TV

Larry Lawton is the only ex-con ever in the United States to be sworn in as an honorary police officer and only ex-con ever to be recognized on the Floor of the United States Congress for his work with helping young people and law enforcement agencies.