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Scot Peterson reacts as he is found not guilty of all charges as a result of his inaction during the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)
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Scott Peterson, the school resource officer who stayed outside Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School as Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside, has been found not guilty of felony child neglect and other related charges.

From the AP . . .

Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson wept as the verdicts were read. The jury had deliberated for 19 hours over four days.

After court adjourned, Peterson, his family and friends rushed into a group hug as they whooped, hollered and cried. One of his supporters chased after lead prosecutor Chris Killoran and said something. Killoran turned and snapped at him, “Way to be a good winner” and slapped him on the shoulder. Members of the prosecution team then nudged Killoran out of the courtroom.

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This Feb. 14, 2018 frame from security video provided by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shows deputy Scot Peterson, right, outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The video released Thursday, March 15, shows Peterson going toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but stayed outside with his handgun drawn. (Courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Peterson took cover and stayed outside the building for more than 40 minutes, long after the shooting had stopped and other officers had entered the building.

His defense apparently relied on misdirection, claiming he couldn’t tell where the sound of gunfire was coming from.

Peterson’s attorney, Mark Eiglarsh, during his two-day presentation, called several deputies who arrived during the shooting and students and teachers who testified they did not think the shots were coming from the 1200 building. Peterson, who did not testify, has said that because of echoes, he could not pinpoint the shooter’s location.

Eiglarsh also emphasized the failure of the sheriff’s radio system during the attack, which limited what Peterson heard from arriving deputies.

The prosecutor had this to say . . .

“As parents, we have an expectation that armed school resource officers – who are under contract to be caregivers to our children – will do their jobs when we entrust our children to them and the schools they guard,” Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor and the prosecutor’s office said in a statement after the verdict. “They have a special role and responsibilities that exceed the role and responsibilities of a police officer. To those who have tried to make this political, I say: It is not political to expect someone to do their job.”

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      • After the verdict, he stands there crying saying “I got my life back. I got my life back.”

        You piece of shit, those kids and those teachers can’t get their lives back, because you were a coward! 🙁 🙁

        • Well said. Everyone that sees him on the street will see him as the coward that he is though. He knows what he did, and what years remain of his pathetic existence won’t be happy ones.

    • Of course he was found not guilty on all charges in Florida. The people in Florida can’t bring themselves to vote for the death penalty to execute Nicholas Cruz. And they voted to reelect the school board that kept this proven dangerous student in school.

      And many people on TTAG were quite happy with that result. They are glad that Cruz will be kept alive at tax payer expense.

      I was not happy. I totally support the government executing murderers.

      The American society and culture is certainly dying. We’re incapable of executing the murderers of our children. And we are incapable of putting in prison the people responsible for protecting our children.

      And of course if the parents try to protect their children they are arrested. Called h0m0ph0bes and the state threatens to take their children away.

      In today’s America child murderers and Child molesters are allowed to run free. Or at least allowed to live out their lives at taxpayer expense in prison.

      • “The people in Florida can’t bring themselves to vote for the death penalty to execute Nicholas Cruz.”

        Christopher, if that trial was in Polk County, instead of Brevard, the jury would have convicted his sorry ass.

        Cruz’s and that coward POS… 🙁

      • “Of course he was found not guilty on all charges in BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA. The people in BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA can’t bring themselves to vote for the death penalty to execute Nicholas Cruz.”

        Fixed it for you.

        But hell’s bells, I could have told you he wasn’t going to be convicted of anything. Most counties in Florida would totally balk at convicting any cop. Most counties in Florida are revolted by “defund the police”, so they’re going to be predisposed to NOT punish a police officer of anything but the most egregious of crimes.

        Now if the defendant had committed child molestation, or had promoted “gender care” surgeries for minors? The entire state of Florida (including the “Gs”) would have just shot him dead and dumped his body somewhere in international waters. Or left him in Gator alley.

      • I doubt it. Unfortunately, you have an impossible situation that has been created in the larger American society. Where police officers can choose not to try to save the lives of children.

        And at the same time, their parents can be arrested for attempting to save the lives of their own children. And it seems the powers that be, are not willing to repeal the laws, that would stop the parents, or stop a good samaritan with a gun.

        The Thing that really bothers me about the so-called. “Small government crowd” Libertarian or Conservative.
        Is that none of them have come forward to call for the repeal of these laws.

    • He should sue the Broward County Sheriff’s department, the Broward County school district, and certain parents of Parkland High School for defamation of character.

  1. So the jury finds him not guilty … does this mean that everything that we thought we knew about this case based on media reports is totally wrong? AGAIN?

    • Nailed it. :::Rittenhouse has entered the chat::: (Kyle’s innocent btw in case anyone had their pitch fork and torch ready.)

    • Unfortunately, you and a lot of other good people allowed their revulsion for this disgrace to shape their expectations that he would receive the punishment you thought he deserved. I had no such illusion. For a lot of good reasons our civil criminal codes do not mirror the UCMJ, and there is no such crime as “cowardice before the enemy”. Of course, we all know it when we see it, and Peterson displayed it in spades. The verdict doesn’t mean he isn’t a coward, it merely means that he didn’t break any Florida laws. It doesn’t mean he gets his job back. If you see him on the street you can still call him a piece of sh!t and flip him off – free speech is a b!tch. All the judges and juries in the world can’t wipe that yellow stripe off his back.

  2. Smply unbelievable. You will never convince me the Florida court system han not been taken over by a bunch of thumb sucking liberal pu**ies. First Cruz avoids the death penalty and then the only one who was allowed to have a gun in a gun-free zone escapes the consequences of sitting on his a** not doing his job while innocent people got shot. Get me off this damned planet, everyone has lost their friggin’ minds.

    • The jury simply followed the evidence. Which included the Supreme Court ruing that Law Enforcement have No duty to protect society from the Evil perpetrated by criminals. (Do the Police Have an Obligation to Protect You? – FindLaw) Ironically they are required to protect the criminal once taken into custudy. Along with the fact that they actually followed the evidence presented by the prosecution and made a ruling based on it and Not their emotions. As they and every jury is instructed to do. As for getting off “this Damn Planet’. You are more than welcome to check yourself out.

      • Screw you Nick you fight smart not hard and you know sh** about me. At the very least I would have done what the one mother did, and circled around back, crawled over the fence and rescued my kids. And if it meant getting shot while my chidren fled to freedom so be it. Better that than sitting there next to the coward with the only allowable weapon while Cruz had free reign to slaughter the innocent.

        • You’re welcome to do whatever you want to save your kids.
          You cannot expect other people to die to protect your own kids.

        • And the Broward coward should never have been allowed to have a weapon, let alone hold the position he was in. Standing there with his thumb up his a** makes him about as worthless as your “refuted” comments to people on this forum.

        • Nick, his job he was hired to do was to protect those children.

          I expect any man, and woman, do what they can to protect children whether they are ours or not.

          Handgun vs an AR? If all I was string and bubble gum I would have done what I could. Maybe I was raised differently than most? Or was I raised right? I f I failed I wuld have at least tried and died instead of cowered and ran.

      • I’d definitely enter the building and engage the pos from cover. perhaps preventing him from killing more kids. The gutless wimp who didn’t try to stop those 2 kids in Columbine high school should have been hung, along with this coward.

      • Nick, you win today’s AssHat Award for gaslighting. EVERYONE knows yhat school shooters always revert to the mythical assault weapon for their fortold deeds, so why would it be even remotely an excuse that he found himself “undergunned “…. would it have required a one hour round trip to procure a reasonable response?
        And yes, a reasonable person would expect a reasonable force on force response

        • Do you really believe he was told that he would be expected to put his life on the line? Probably not, who would take that job?

        • ‘nick’, I hope your kid dies in a school shooting. 🙂

      • Quick question, what did the kids and teachers have? A pistol vs an AR is a better match than iPad or books vs an AR. When you swear that oath, be ready to die for upholding it.

      • you have to fall back on your training, I spent 33 yrs as an officer and 27 of those as a Detective. Believe it or not we get a ton of training and a helluva lot of it in Active Shooter training. In some cases the instructors would stack the odds against us where you would be up against shooters who had semi auto rifles and subguns, most of the times we only had our sidearms, in some cases if they could access some 12 Ga simunitions we would have a 12 ga. So a handgun vs a long gun it can work !!!!

        • Exactly. This is not a charge across an open field. This is exploiting cover, waiting for the shooter to be distracted and taking him out. Not to mention that the typical mass murderer is not tactically trained etc. I know of one mass killing where the mass shooter fumbled with a reload for many seconds, but no one was brave enough to charge.

  3. “Peterson took cover and stayed outside the building for more than 40 minutes…”

    ahhh.. the Uvalde engagement methodology.

  4. “As parents, we have had an expectation that armed school resource officers – who are under contract to be caregivers to our children – will do their jobs when we entrust our children to them and the schools they guard,”


        • I hope a family member of yours dies like those kids did, ‘nick’. Screaming, calling, waiting for someone to save them. When there was a cop assigned to protect that location.

          I’m very serious. You deserve it. 🙂

        • It very well may happen, after all, this is America. I would expect law enforcement to do their jobs, but I would never begrudge anyone refusing to face an AR 15 with only a handgun.

      • And at the same time a mob of baboons will attack a leopard with no regards for their lives to save a baby baboon.

        • That’s something retard ‘nick’ won’t understand, Possum… 🙁

        • Careful there Geoff, its been my experience that when I’m wishing bad shit on people it turns around and somthing bad happens to me.

        • ^ me too. The old saying, “What goes around comes around” comes true more often than not.

      • nick I hope if you ever need saving there are plenty of people around and they ALL pull out their phones and record your demise

        • You’re just a first-class P.O.S., ‘nick’.

          I hope you burn to death in a car crash… 🙂

      • they would have done better to arm the teachers…this man was hired with the expectation he would do his job…when you put on that uniform putting your life at risk to save others goes with it….

      • Nick,
        I agree that it would be incredibly naive to expect a large majority of people to do that. As another commenter wrote, “If we put every Stupid and/or cowardly person in jail there wouldn’t be enough jails or jailors.”

        That’s why neither society in general, nor any commenter here, expects or wants to hold the masses of sheeple to that standard. Instead, we want a free open labor market where people choose their own jobs; where 99.99% of jobs never put people in a situation where the lives of innocent children depend on their courage, and where only the .01% who went out of their way to pursue that unique career path (knowing exactly what it required, and having countless other options) could be held to that standard.

        What is incredibly naive is the belief that “school security” means anything in a society where the only standard for a $104K pension (higher than any non-flag / general officer retirement in the military) is processing O2 into CO2 in an SRO uniform, even if you fail to do the one and only task for which you were hired in the exceptionally rare instance it is required.

      • Gee, Nick,

        They APPLY for a job (compete for it) knowing their job responsibility is to PROTECT THE KIDS, and then they TAKE AN OATH to do that job. Cops get paid a little more, sure – for a MUCH riskier job. And we expect cops (and most in fact do) put their lives on the line “for others” every day.

        If we can’t have the reasonable expectation that those we hire and compensate as sworn officers to do these jobs won’t DO them??? WTF did we hire them for, in the first place??

        Are you in some kind of secret competition with dacian the demented and MajorLiar for the “Dumb@$$ Comment of the Day” award?? If so, you’re off to a hell of a start.

        • They may take an oath to do their jobs, but that oath DOES NOT require engaging if they feel their life is in danger. They wait for backup.
          You can die saving your own kids. You cannot expect other people to die for your own kids.

        • Nick,

          Please tell us you’re both ignorant, and objectively STUPID, without using those words. Oh, I see you just did. Peterson HAD BEEN an actual policeman, then he applied for, and got, a job as a SRO. In both police AND SRO training, both the danger of the job AND the specifics of such things as facing armed criminals are not just discussed and practiced, the are a HUGE part of that training.

          Point the first: EVERY cop and SRO is INTIMATELY acquainted with the dangers inherent in the job. ONE of the reasons police and police unions cite for their (frankly, absurd) pensions and benefits is that they are earned by “putting their lives on the line, every day”.

          Point the second: Whether a cop, a SRO, or even a non-sworn school guard, are given at least basic training and orientation about “active shooter” being a KNOWN RISK. Peterson got police training, training for his SRO role, and ONE OF THE PIECES OF EVIDENCE in the trial was materials from an ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING COURSE Peterson had (supposedly) recently taken. ALL of which you would know, if you weren’t an ignoranus.

          Point the third: HE APPLIED FOR THE JOB, TOOK AN OATH, RECEIVED TRAINING, WAS GIVEN A BADGE AND A GUN, knowing full well what the job involved, and what was expected of him.

          To quote Dean Wurmer: “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son!” You’re an amoral ignoranus – work on that, will you??

  5. Let the lawsuits begin. Preponderance of evidence is a lower standard than beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury deliberated that long, it was probably well beyond preponderance even if it didn’t quite make the higher threshold.

    • Could the parent sue this Broward coward for wrongful death? Or better yet, make this leftist leaning jury accountable for making such a stupid decision. Also, if there is no expectation of any cop, police officer, state trooper, etc to protect anyone, then the way I see it, gun free zones should be illegal and all laws pertaining to the restriction of such should be rescinded. Oh, wait, that makes too much sense, and people like Bloomberg and no-more-guns Gifford are hell bent on disarming every one but themselves.

      • While they theoretically COULD, Shadow, they’d immediately run up against (i) most “public employee union” contracts require the employees to be represented (at public expense) in any lawsuit arising out of their job, and (ii) there is that whole, ridiculous “qualified immunity” nonsense.

  6. Let me understand this reasoning: when a citizen is threatened he should not need to take lethal action but is to call the police authorities. The police job is to protect citizens from harm; except in the case of the “Coward of Broward” whose job classification contains the clause, “No action is required in protecting citizens should you be fearful of getting hurt.” Wow! Perhaps his next career move would be acting as a bodyguard for suicide bombers.

    • For god’s sake, do police officers run into places where guns are blazing?? Of course they don’t! They never have! That would be suicide!

        • ‘nick’, if someone attacks you, I hope people around you pull out there phones and videos you being murdered.

          Instead of doing something like call the cops.

          And I hope they laugh at you while while you bubble-up and die, instead of trying to stop the attack… 🙂

      • @Nick

        “For god’s sake, do police officers run into places where guns are blazing?? Of course they don’t! They never have! That would be suicide!”

        that is not true.

        A lone police officer at a mall in Texas recently did that very thing. Its has happend many times, by armed teachers, other ordinary armed citizens, SRO, and police .. facing and defeating a mentally ill shooter with an AR-15 with the defender only armed with a pistol.

      • Nick, you @$$clown,

        1. Yes, we expect that, and cops do it EVERY F**KING DAY!

        2. They take the job, AND the oath, fully understanding that that IS (or at least, in this case, certainly could be) the damn job. So, is it your position that all these public employees (i) lied to us about being willing to do the job, and (ii) took their oaths in bad faith??? Is THAT your testimony??

        Wow, dacian and MajorLiar better get on the stick, ’cause you’re building up one hell of a lead in the “Stupidest Comment of the Day” competition.

        • You may expect it, but you are completely wrong to think that it happens.
          The simple fact is that police officers are not required to engage if they believe that their life is in danger. They wait for backup, like Scot Peterson was doing.

  7. When did you ever meet a cop that was not a coward. They become cops so they can threaten people when they have all the firepower. Put them in an equal force situation and they run like rabbits.

    • You have the prevailing left wing narrative wrong. they say he was outgunned.

      Stick to your script ir they will deduct from your social standing account.

    • “When did you ever meet a cop that was not a coward.”

      Here’s several :

    • These are the same folks you want to have control over who can and cannot have a gun. Do you understand just how mental your line of thought is?

    • dacian the demented dips**t,

      So, let me get this straight, @$$clown – ALL cops are cowards and bullies, but it’s totes OK to control/limit/ban/regulate OUR means to protect ourselves???? So next time I have a burglar breaking into my house at night, I should, what, call your buddies at Antifa/BurnLootMurder????

      I was unaware that “Incoherent, Illogical Babble” was the native tongue of all Leftist/fascists, but I should have guessed. For an idiot Leftist/fascist such as yourself, cognitive dissonance is never an issue, because NO “cognition” occurs.

  8. Cowardice in the face of the enemy might be a crime for a soldier but not a cop. And the courts have ruled the police have no duty to protect you. This case was never going to go anywhere.

    In a fair world he would die of shame. With no pension.

    • it’s incredible how many people have no concept of what you just said. people hallucinate cops to be super heroes, (they are SOMETIMES), and then wonder why society is obsessed with vigilante/street justice in entertainment media.

    • He wasn’t a beat cop. He was hired to protect those children. He failed miserably. He is guilty! And hanging would be too good for him. Let him live as the coward he is.

        • “I just saw video of him crying like a little bitch.”

          Crying “I got my life back! I got my life back!”

          While 13 dead kids don’t have theirs… 🙁

      • Do you think this fellow was told he would be expected to put his life on the line for kids? Probably not. Nobody would apply for the job.

        • That’s the job he signed up for. That’s why he has a pension. He didn’t do his job. I’m not saying it was illegal. I’m saying he doesn’t deserve his pension.

        • Well, what did he think he was being issued a handgun for? If he wanted a cushy safe job the mall downtown was looking for mall cops.

        • Hey mensa! You spelled coward wrong. Let’s take a look at his job description and find out! We gonna give you a gun so you can intimidate the kids and look kool with that fat ass of yours. Don’t worry though if something really important happens as in saving children’s lives you can hang out behind a pole it might not be enough to cover your fat ass but you can try.

        • Armed shooter response is part of SRO training, dipshit.

          Can I give you some friendly advice? It’s OK to not come here and advertise how stupid you are.

        • I honestly don’t know why he was given a gun. It’s asinine to expect someone to face off an AR 15 with just a handgun.

        • And what is the first thing they tell you to do during and armed shooting?

          Get out of the building if possible and wait for law enforcement. Neutralizing the shooter is a last resort. Running into the building and confronting the shooter is NEVER the proper response for a security guard.

        • No.

          B. Individual Officer Intervention

          1. In some instances, an individual officer may be present within or near the active shooting location, such as a mall or school. Whether on or off duty, in uniform or civilian clothes, he or she may determine that immediate action is necessary and reasonable to stop the threat. That decision may take into consideration
          the officer’s capability to effectively intervene, based on his or her training.

  9. dacian and Miner49 say the lack of armed response ability in schools and other public places makes those places ‘much safer’. Every mass shooting (term also includes school shootings), including this one, proves them wrong and they are too stupid to realize it.

  10. I agree it is sometimes hard to pinpoint the origin of Gun fire…However in this case you get your azz in gear and go hunt for it until your find it and you eliminate the perp or die trying.

    On the bright side…Perhaps dumbbell parents who trust leaving their defenseless children in the hands of others will think twice about it.

  11. SCOTUS did rule some time back that police officers are not required to protect the public, so this just kinda falls in line with that.

    • “SCOTUS did rule some time back that police officers are not required to protect the public….”

      that’s true in terms of the public at large but not all inclusive. They have a duty to protect those they have in custody or those they are assigned to protect or those they have detained even if not in custody.

      but that wasn’t an issue here even tho his job was ‘assigned to protect’ which is why his defense relied so heavily on the ‘didn’t know where the shots came from’ and ’cause radio’ things. They fooled the jury with misdirection …. cause ya can’t protect if you don’t know where to protect at so not his fault ladies and gentlemen of the jury because he could not tell where the shots were coming from and the radio had problems.

    • He was hired specifically to protect those children. It’s not quite the same as a beat cop. At least that’s how I imagine it.

      That picture of him pretty much says it all, loser waste of oxygen.

  12. This is why qualified teachers and staff need to be allowed to carry firearms to protect students and THEMSELVES from these scum of the earth cowards that take advantage of stupid “gun free safe zones” to massacre our children and those that decide they don’t really want to risk their life and limb doing their job that they were hired for with no consequences.

  13. TTAG’s resident bootlickers no doubt rejoicing.

    I’m a “criminal” with a “long rap sheet”, of course. Couldn’t have any other reason for saying that America has the most corrupt, violent law enforcement in the developed world.

    • is Mexico part of the “developed world”?…you don’t have to look far from home to find far worse…

    • Commie Coyote,

      “I’m a ‘criminal’ with a ‘long rap sheet’ . . . “. QUELLE SURPRISE!!!!

      Would never have guessed. Do you also pull the wings off of flies, and hang around grammar schools with pockets full of candy?? Just askin’, for a friend.

  14. He’s paid enough. A conviction wouldn’t really serve much purpose. He has to live with the awful feeling of **what if I…** Children died and that’s one helluva burden to carry and far worse than any sentence could possibly be.

    I personally can’t think of much worse of a punishment than knowing children died because I was a too much of a coward…..because of training, which is horse shit.

    I’d rather be gunned down trying and to hell with training than let one extra child get executed because I was following the rules or whatever the Broward Coward uses for excuses.

    • A valid choice, but one each person has to make. Just like whether to ‘Protect’ the Freedoms and Liberties most of us hold dear, by all means necessary or continue to allow the tyranny that delays and denies it. Simply because they fear the consequences of doing so. Each must choose

    • Judging from his elated reaction up top to escaping accountability, I doubt this cowardly scumbag feels any guilt at all. He deserves to be hounded and chased from polite society until the end of his days, at best.

    • Sadly MLee, that is assuming the Broward coward has a conscience or even human feelings. This man cared for no one but himself. And the fact that he felt no guilt while innocent people were being gunned down-while he just stood there-speaks volumes about him. I have known people whom society would deem as “weak” physically who have more balls, courage, and tenacity than this guy. Sadly, he will sleep very well because he believes he did nothing wrong. And for some reason, when I was typing, I was thinking of WW2 sniper Simo Hayha (white death), who was credited with 500 enemy kills. This coward could not even manage one. How pathetic.

      • @ Shadow
        You could very well be right. I’m the polar opposite of that coward and it’s a little difficult for me to relate.

        I can only hope that that during his remaining existence there is multiple forms or torment and difficulties for him due to his cowardice and the deaths of children he was supposed to protect.

    • just wait…ill bet he appears on some talk show some place or in an interview where he tells the tale of how he tried so hard to save those kids but those darn radios and couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from.

    • That fat azz has a 100K$+/year pension and he’s gonna sit on it around the pool for the next 30 years while feeding from the taxpayer trough.

  15. This is disturbing. Being an S.R.O. can be a difficult job. I’ve done it. I didn’t have a golf cart. I wasn’t there, so I won’t pass judgement. However, I will say this. in my time in law enforcement I’ve seen the profession attract those that believe that pinning on a badge and strapping on a duty belt will cure a character flaw. Cowardice. It will not. I’ve seen it a couple of times. It made me ill. There are lots of citizens out there with the same mentality. I’ve got a gun. I’m brave. I know that won’t be popular. but it has been my experience. Seen that too. I’ve been scared. Crazy if you’re not. Just be careful.

    • “I wasn’t there, so I won’t pass judgement.” You didn’t need to be there look at the video. The fucking coward looks up at the camera and then just stands there. Proof enough for me. I’m no super hero but I’ll be damned if I would stand around being waived off by another coward as in Uvalde. You would have to shoot me in the back to keep me from running towards a child’s screams.

      • In a perfect world, Joe Xiden would hail him as the hero that he is, and immediately appoint him to head up his Secret Service detail.
        … in a Perfect World.

      • @muck

        You don’t get it. Antigun jury made a political decision. They can’t admit that guns might (or even should) work.

        Facts be damned.

  16. If we put every Stupid and/or cowardly person in jail there wouldn’t be enough jails or jailors. Heck, there wouldn’t be enough folks left to bring the food in and take the garbage back out.

    However this particular loser is a despicable sack of mess. I trust that karma has an appointment with him sooner or later.

  17. A herd of raging bulls at the door couldn’t have kept me out of there. Being shot, or even killed would be FAR better than living out my days knowing I let them kids get gunned down because “I couldn’t tell where the gunfire was coming from”. I would be so ashamed of myself as a man I sincerely don’t know if I could live with myself…

    • You can’t expect other people to die for something just because you would. It is not up to other people to die protecting other people’s kids.

        • One could make several criticisms of Deb, but cowardice or indifference about fighting for what she believes in are not among them.

      • Well, Lil’ Nickie, you are obviously, in addition to wanting to crush the “Stupidest Comment of the Day” competition, you are also putting in a strong performance in the “Projection by Comment” competition – just because YOU are a lying, spineless, cowardly POS, that means everyone else is, amirite???

        I bet your parents are proud!!! (Did you ever meet either of them???)

        • That’s all you’ve got? Insults? Sticks and stones, brother.
          You are welcome to die protecting your own kids. You cannot expect other people to die protecting your own kids.

        • Yes, Nick the Stupid, if I, either individually or as part of the body politic, hire a person to do a specific job, include the nature and dangers of that job in their recruitment and training, and have them SWEAR to do that job??? I sure as HELL can expect them to do what they promised, and were paid for.

          You idiot Leftist/fascists are very fond of stupid comments like “If you don’t like abortion, don’t get one!”, and when we respond, “OK, if you don’t like guns, don’t buy one” you sub-morons flip your shit. “But your gun puts MY life in danger!” Yeah, not unless you try to break into my house, mug me, or carjack me. Been carrying guns daily for almost 40 years, and I have shot my carry gun . . . weekly, and the range. Ventilated a lot of paper. NEVER fired my gun, or even drawn my gun, on another human – and I hope I never have to. I also haven’t had to make a claim on my home fire insurance policy, either, but I’ve had one of those for over 40 years, too.

          Do you have to practice to be this stupid, or is it a natural talent???

    • Exactly. My only thoughts would be is that I want to get him before I die. Fear that I might not get him before becoming incapacitated. If I discovered that instead of acting I froze in in fear while listening to little kids being shot, that gun in my hand would be in my mouth very very quickly.
      The one time I was in something like this, all I could think of was how I had been let down by adults as a kid and that I’d rather be dead than being like those cowards. There was no self preservation thought at all. I got away with a swollen face and a concussion but I protected.

        • Nah, muckraker, you can’t call him a dick . . . a dick’s part of a man. He is NO part of a man.

        • Nick, just because you’re a ball-less wonder doesn’t mean everyone else is. Stop projecting. It’s called courage.

      • You should read up on the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs. Carl Chinn had only his silly, Keltec P32 and was 100yds from the Bushmaster rifle enthusiast. He moved from support pillar to pillar to try and get into mousegun range. Fortunately, Jeanne Assam had her more credible 9mm and a good angle to wound the shooter enough that he collapsed on the floor and then offed himself. Ideally the security people would have had rifles for themselves, but that tends to scare church people who come to feel peace, love, and fellowship and want to forget the outside world for a little while. My own team is all concealed carry handgun for that same reason. Tactically, that situation really sucks (rifle vs handgun), but you cannot just stand around outside. Every shot is the sound of one of your friends dying.

        • to Dan
          If you switch Assam and Chinn around. Now Assam is 100 yards away. Could she have made that shot?
          No. Because of the situation at the time with people around, any defender would have to close the distance. My point is “you go to the fight” with what you have on you, at the time.

          I’ve seen people make 40 yard hits with 38 sp snubby revolvers. North American Arms revolvers, and a keltec 32.

          If you practice long range shooting you can develop the confidence to make that shot. And Assam was a church security team member. She was able to carry a larger gun. Was Chinn part of the security team?
          Or was he just a parishioner who carries his “church gun” with him to the service?

          I own 3 mouse guns. And I practice making 25 yard shots all the time.

        • Yes, Chris. That’s Carl Chinn, who later because the President of Faith Based Security Network.
          My reply was in response to Nick’s “Trying to take on an AR-15 armed only with a handgun is just plain insane.” There are tactics to make this less insane. I agree that 100yds is too long for any handgun, so Chinn did the right thing by working his way forward from cover to cover rather than just leaving.
          My own team trains to the the FBI qual standard which includes eight of the sixty shots to be made from 25yds. I practice at least twice a month, but 9mm or higher. Chinn gave his .32 to his wife and has since upgraded. 9mm is the smallest we’re allowed to carry and I opt for the smaller framed versions of this. Our church doesn’t have 100yd hallways though.

      • Nick, respectfully, you do not know what you are talking about. Ask anyone with any situational training at all to explain it to you. Shooters have been stopped by objects being thrown.

        • Situation training would NEVER tell you to run in and confront the shooter, even if armed. Situation training tells you to wait for law enforcement

        • Long ago I would, for fun, live fire train with my friend. One went safely behind a Boulder and popped up a “hostage “ vs “felon” cardboard cut out. After some many sessions and hours at this, we stopped ever shooting the hostage. Lag to fire shrank and shrank until say 20 yard shots from muzzle down at long or short random intervals was maybe two seconds. This is only one aspect of situational training but my point was we both vastly improved with training. After a bit, despite trying to pull down the target the moment it was hit, after a bit we could often double tap it. We were using old 1911 or Hi-power.
          I realize it’s pointless to reason with “Nick” the mooney, but anyone who has played laser tag or paintball understands how to use cover and opportunity to conquer an opponent. A school shooter isn’t dug in on a hilltop. Even now, I personally feel I would have a good chance to take out an opponent by getting a sight picture before he can react. Indoors offers a lot of robust corners. Not to mention a .223 with plain FMJ has modest penetration – not going to go through a cinderblock wall corner.

  18. Absolutely this was the right decision. We accept guns as commonplace in our society, we cannot expect other people to die protecting our own kids.

        • Um, if you have that attitude you need to realize that security/police/soldier is not the job for you.

        • nick you obviously don’t have kids so you haven’t a clue. and you probably never will have kids (hopefully) because no woman wants the father of their children to be a pu$$y like you

        • Nick is a clueless fool.

          Active shooter responses have been wholly different since the killings at Columbine High School.

          During that response, law enforcement used the traditional barricade protocols. The terrible end result was the killers were allowed to continue to kill people while police waited outside.

          Active shooter tactics were then changed and remodeled on the hostage rescue model. The decades old “hostage rescue” protocols were developed in the 1970’s to deal with the emerging terrorism threat after the failed 1972 Munich Olympics rescue of Israeli athletes. The goal is the same: stop the killing and save lives.

        • What Nick is saying is that he is a coward like Peterson. He will never think of anyone but himself. George Soreos gladly gave up his fellow Jews over the Nazi’s in World War 2, giving up their hiding places to the enemy. He says that time period was the happiest time of his life. In doing so, he saved his own skin. I surmise in a SHTF scenario Nick, you would do the same thing because your excuses are as pathetic as you are.

        • It’s common sense, that’s all it is. There is not a single active shooter training scenario where it is recommended that anyone except law enforcement should attempt to neutralize the shooter. Scot Peterson was a security guard without the resources to engage Nicolas Cruz. You all can puff yourself up all that you want, but if armed only with a handgun, not a single one of you would have run into the school and lived to tell about it.

    • Nick the Lying Coward,

      So, wait, does this mean that all “Gun Free Zones” have been abolished??? And there is no legislation which limits or regulates our ability to RKBA for our own and our families’ protection?

      Gee, that’s news to . . . the entire world. Seriously, you are either a pretty good troll, deliberately acting the fool, or you are the world’s dumbest Leftist/fascist idiot. But I should embrace the healing power of “and”.

        • Hmm, so you are a victim of brainwashing, no longer willing to apply analysis. I remember talking to cult members from Reverend Moon and also Children of Christ. What is the name of your cult?

        • Nick,

          Nah, it’s the cult of cowardly Leftist/fascism, practiced by those who have no education, no morals or ethics, no principles, and huge, unearned self-esteem.

          Kinda humorous that your are “loud and proud” about being a gutless, amoral coward, and all trumped up (pun very much intended) with self-importance about it – and you are absolutely ignorant of the subject matter:

          – You have no idea what police/SRO training is,
          – You are obviously unaware of ANY of the relevant facts around Peterson’s cowardice
          – You preen about your unpersuasibility contrary to an OBVIOUSLY and PROVABLY false premise.

          You’re all kinds of ‘special’ aren’t you Nick?????

  19. So, this guy is a coward – that’s pretty well established but, the bigger lesson for people to learn is: The authorities are not there to protect you and your family (even if you think they are, legally, they are not), you must protect yourself. Make choices accordingly.

  20. I will caution everyone. None of you were there either. I’ll wager most here were not in the courtroom for the trial. I wasn’t. The man had a trial by his peers. That is a right he is entitled to. Is there any argument to that? I’ll wager that you got most of your information about this whole incident the same place I did. The mass media. Of all forms. How much have most of us said we trust them? It was a rhetorical question. Let it go. It may matter to some, but the issue is settled

    • @Flag

      What Grady Judd said – “Children are dead today because Scot Peterson, who was paid, by the people, to protect those children, failed. He was a coward then; he’s a coward now,” Judd said.

      “I know clearly and unequivocally that he did not respond, and children died, and Scot Peterson had the nerve to say after the trial today, ‘I’ve got my life back after four and a half years,’ but children don’t have their life back, and that’s a shame,” he continued.

      • naivete nick
        back country hick
        rifles and pistols don’t mix
        let them all die
        im a cowardly guy
        and me getting shot’s not the fix

        • COOL STORY, BRO!!!

          Now do the parents of the dead kids, you disgusting piece of quasi-human trash.

        • They need to accept that with guns as ubiquitous in our society as they are, their children are really not safe, and unless guns are taken away, that will not change.
          They can do whatever they want to keep their own children safe. They cannot expect other people to die to keep their own children safe.

        • Nick,

          “They can do whatever they want to keep their own children safe.”

          No, you complete dolt, THEY CAN’T – schools are, by federal law “gun free zones”. Parents DID show up, and the police forcibly restrained them from entering the school TO SAVE THEIR OWN CHILDREN – but the gutless cowards would do nothing, themselves. One mother even, AFTER being restrained from entering by the cops, went around to a back entrance and RESCUED HER OWN KID.

          You have JUST ADVOCATED, repeatedly, for “banning all guns”, and then you have the complete GALL to say “you can do anything you want to protect your own kids”???? And then tell me, AFTER you’ve supported legislation that prevents ME from doing it effectively, and I participate in paying, training, arming, and equipping sworn officers to do what I am PROHIBITED from doing, that I have “no right” to expect them to do it.

          I really hope, for the sake of your soul, that you aren’t as completely vile as you pretend to be.

    • ‘One mother even, AFTER being restrained from entering by the cops, went around to a back entrance and RESCUED HER OWN KID.’

      See? Parents can do whatever they want to protect their own kid.

  21. Why did this person become a LEO if he was unwilling to take the risks that come with the job. At least he will never carry a badge and a gun together again, as nobody would hire this clown as a garbage collector nevermind a LEO. he has the next 30 years of retirement to contemplate his cowardness.

    • He was a security guard. Do you think he was told he was expected to put his life on the line? Probaly not. Who would take that job?

      • “He was a security guard. Do you think he was told he was expected to put his life on the line”

        Security guards don’t have guns, and haven’t sworn to protect the public.

        He swore to protect, and failed.

        This is what running towards danger looks like, ‘nick’.

        Notice there was *zero* hesitation. He heard gunshots, and RAN towards the threat, and shot the shooter dead :

        • He needs to work on his cardio, but otherwise great stuff! It looks like he took out another white supremacist terrorist, “the greatest threat to our homeland”. How many does that make this year?

        • Was he told he would be expected to put his life on the line? Probably not. Who would take that job?
          You’d have to pay security guards A LOT more than what he was making to expect them to die protecting your children.

        • “You’d have to pay security guards A LOT more than what he was making to expect them to die protecting your children.”

          He wasn’t a ‘security guard’, moron.

          He was a sworn law enforcement officer. He went through the police academy. He was issued a gun, like any other cop.

          You’re a very special kind of stupid, aren’t you, ‘nick’? 🙂

  22. If I were Mr. Peterson I would sit back, crack open a beer, enjoy my pension and tell all the Florida parents to go to hell. You simply cannot expect someone else to die to protect YOUR children. THIS is the society you chose, live with the consequences.

    • Well, Nick the Lying Coward, we certainly couldn’t expect a lying, Leftist/fascist, coward @$$clown like YOU to do it. He was NOT a security guard, you lying POS – he was a SWORN OFFICER, with a badge and a gun, specifically charged to protect the kids, AND HE GOT ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING.

      “He never knew he’d have to face a shooter, and no one told him” is a real boost to your standing in the “Stupidest Comment of the Day” competition. I would say, barring a really special dacian rant? You got this, guy. When you go to tomorrow’s daily circle jerk with dacian the demented and MajorLiar, make ’em pay up, ’cause you smoked ’em in this one.

        • Nick the Lying Coward,

          If you review my comments, where did I say he was “guilty”????

          He may be “not guilty” of the crime charged. That has literally ZERO to do with the fact that he lied, took an oath in bad faith, allowed the county to pay him (and provide him health care and a healthy pension), all to do a job which he OBVIOUSLY HAD NO INTENTION OF DOING. Does that make him a criminal? That was for the jury to decide. I may disagree with their verdict, but that’s irrelevant. In our legal system, Peterson the Coward is objectively “not guilty” of the crimes with which he was charged. And OJ Simpson was found “not guilty”, too. As was Rittenhouse. Some juries get it right; some get it wrong, but that’s the way our system “works” (or doesn’t work, many times).

          Him being found “not guilty” has NOTHING to do with him being a lying, gutless, oathbreaking, goniff of a worthless coward (gee, no wonder you’re so busy standing up for him!!).

          He is OBJECTIVELY a worthless POS . . . just like you.

        • LampOfDiogenes
          Scot Peterson should sue the Broward County Sheriff’s office, the Broward county school board, and the parents of Parkland high school for defamation of character. He has a rock solid case.

        • Nick the lying coward,

          “He has a rock solid case.”

          Umm . . . one more subject about which you are entirely ignorant. It is not defamation to accurately describe actual conduct. The laypersons’ saying is “Truth is a complete defense to slander charges (it isn’t, but the details of that are far beyond your meager intellectual abilities).

          It would be a hoot to see him try, though! The discovery alone in that case would be EPIC!!!

  23. If I were Scot Peterson, I would sit back, crack open a beer, enjoy my pension, and tell all the Florida parents to get lost.
    THIS is the society YOU chose. YOU live with the consequences.

    • No, little Nickie the Lying Coward, this is NOT the society we chose – this is the society YOU lying Leftist/fascists are attempting to impose on us. WE can’t even carry a gun on school grounds, we can’t expect a paid, sworn, trained police officer (SROs are, at least in Broward and in MOST schools, sworn armed LEOs) to do their SWORN job, but it’s . . . our fault because of the guns we aren’t allowed to carry and use to defend ourselves and our families??

      Wow, that some galaxy-brain logic, right there!!!!

      • You chose the society where guns are ubiquitous. Now you have to accept the consequences of that.
        You have no right to expect other people to die to protect your own children, even if it’s in the job description.

        • Richard Kudrna Switzerland has INCREDIBLY stronger gun regulations than the United States does. And guns are not ubiquitous in Switzerland

        • Nick the Ignorant Coward,

          “And guns are not ubiquitous in Switzerland.”

          Once again, you prove your ignorance – many Swiss are not just ALLOWED to own and maintain firearms, the are legally REQUIRED to. You could look it up . . . if you cared to gain any knowledge (which we know you don’t), and had the research skills of a third-grader.

  24. Many of us believe in a judgement that is true. I am not saying that the stain to your soul can’t be washed clean, only the final judge will know. He is all powerful and will judge accordingly.

    • Ecclesiastes 9:4

      “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

      • Thank you. That is a good biblical description for the movie “Die Hard.”
        You know the movie where the good guy with a gun? Instead of attacking front on, waits his turn. Slowly waiting.

        He is only attacking when he has the best advantage, and then retreats to fight again later.
        Merry Christmas!!!

    • Sone of us are wired such that if we don’t “go into the school to die trying”, we would die later of self hatred.

    • nick then so be it I’d be dead but at least I tried to stop the killer unlike your pu$$y self who would have run away to your safe place

        • Yeah, Nick the Lying Coward, we DO have the right to demand that of people we HIRE, PAY, ARM, AND TRAIN to do that very job.

          And you Leftist/fascist p***sies keep calling us conservative/libertarians “greedy” and “immoral”. You’ve told us that you’d take a sword oath, having NO intention of fulfilling it, take your pay and pension (and health benefits, and, and, and), and then pull a Peterson, and you’d sleep like a baby.

          Stupid, gutless, a liar, AND immoral! Quite the resume you’re building up there, Chief.

        • That wasn’t the comment I was on about. It was this: “unlike your pu$$y self who would have run away to your safe place”.

          Again, I repeat: You don’t know that he would have run away to his safe place. You don’t know him and you don’t know what he would, could, would not, or could not do in any given moment.

          I don’t like people wishing ill will, sickness, or death on anybody here. But at the same time, you know you set yourself up for it.

    • “Not a single one of you would have run into the school to save children”

      Look at the video above of 2 cops running towards an active shooter, and killing them…

        • SO WAS PETERSON, you total @$$clown!!!!! Sworn, armed, paid LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER!!!

          Are you stupid, ignorant, immoral, or a liar??? How about “all of the above”????

        • He was a security guard, he was retired law enforcement.
          One person with a handgun cannot take out a person with an AR 15. That is why you call for backup.

        • Nick the Lying Coward,

          SROs in Broward ARE, INDEED, sworn LEO – again, you could look it up, if you weren’t incompetent. He was NOT a “security guard” – he was a sworn LEO, trained, armed, carrying a badge.

          And he HAD BACK UP, you total loser. Again, you could look it up, if you were capable of research. There were other officers ON SITE, for at least 20 minutes, armed with AR-15s.

          Any more excuses for this POS?? Or are you done beclowning yourself??

  25. What the Sheriff said – “Children are dead today because Scot Peterson, who was paid, by the people, to protect those children, failed. He was a coward then; he’s a coward now,” Judd said.

    “I know clearly and unequivocally that he did not respond, and children died, and Scot Peterson had the nerve to say after the trial today, ‘I’ve got my life back after four and a half years,’ but children don’t have their life back, and that’s a shame,”

      • No, you lying idiot, we’re blaming Peterson for what HE didn’t do. Cruz is fully morally responsible for his acts. That doesn’t mean Peterson is NOT responsible for his cowardly FAILURE to act – but I guess that’s a little to rational for a lying Leftist/fascist coward to understand.

        • Nick the Lying Coward,

          So, is this your alternative to “defund the police”???? “Hire police, train them, and pay for them, and give them huge pensions, but don’t expect them to actually do their jobs.” But, you also want to deprive ME of the tools to do it for myself.

          Not familiar with the concept of “logic”, I see. No surprise; the list of subjects of which you are ENTIRELY ignorant is . . . pretty much all the knowledge in the world.

          But you don’t let that stop you, do you, Nick the Lying Coward?? The strength of your convictions is apparently inversely correlated with your actual knowledge. And holding inherently self-contradictory “beliefs” (you HAVE no knowledge) doesn’t bother you a whit.

  26. I’m a retired cop and this man sickens me as apparently he went into the job for pay and benefits and no other reason. We’ve seen a rise in that since the pay started getting better in the 90’s. That said this is not surprising as has been said there is no law obliging a person to protect anyone. That has to come from inside the Officer or he needs to be weeded off the force.

  27. To me, he didn’t his job in the first place. he is going to have a target on his back for the rest of his life. He hope that he can grow a mustache and beard. There are probably a lot if people wishing that he goes to hell.

    • I’m thinking if it would have been my children in that school I would expedite his journey along with burning the school to the ground.

      • What I have observed is that devastated people, such as parents in this case, become broken, passive, and never violent. It’s just what I have observed. Violent people become wildly violent when offended / attacked, ordinary people, attacked at this depth, become broken. It’s up to others to fix society.

        • Richard, what you say is 100% true. People who are broken/devastated by an unthinkably horrible loss such as the MSD shooting will become passive. Some will draw into themselves. Others will turn to religion. And still others will turn to “forgiveness”, partly because that give them a little bit of peace and partly because they don’t know how else to process their loss.

          And who can blame them? They have been through something so traumatic that we can’t even imagine it. We humans are NOT made to survive our children. We humans are NOT built to deal with an unjust taking of innocent life such as what happened that horrible day in 2018.

          But this is important. The first, second, and third level victims SHOULD be allowed to process their pain in peace. But at the same time, the rest of society needs to have the balls to step up and do the right thing. The murderer SHOULD have gotten the Death Penalty for what he did. The BC Sheriff SHOULD have lost his job within a week. This RSO SHOULD have lost his job too, and probably should never be allowed to hold any official LEO role for the remainder of his life. Sending him to prison is something that no jury is going to just do in a snap decision. He didn’t pull the trigger on those kids.js

          But that’s neither here nor there. That man will never know peace again in his life, and he will never sleep soundly again. Not ever. He will always be a su!cide risk. He’s going to have his own demons for however many years he lives, and when his time on Earth is done, those demons will go with him to his judgment day. I don’t envy any part of this story.

          The people of Broward County SHOULD have had the victims’ families’ backs. But they didn’t, and THAT is the saddest part in all of this.

          But to expect that one jury is going to send a man to prison for doing nothing when a prior jury didn’t send the actual violent criminal to the gas chamber for killing all those people five years ago? That was never going to happen, and that prosecutor was an idiot for thinking he had a chance.

  28. Long ago in Israel I started chatting to a man maybe 65 who was guarding little children on a school outing. I asked him how he had such a minty AK, why he carried 5 mags, things like that. He sized me up quickly, (I was a soldier then and presented that way), and I noticed he never stopped scanning while talking to me. A car nearby accelerated just a bit and he took the safety off, body shoved me aside a bit, muzzle stayed low. Took him maybe 2 seconds to evaluate, and stand down, he said nothing, kept scanning. I left him to his work but I realized that here was a guy, a veteran of probably 2 or 3 wars, with full on hyper vigilance. I have no doubt he was effective and would instantly of sacrificed himself for those kids. He probably got $300 a month pension.

      • Captured Egyptian made. It looked new. He said he got it by asking for it at the armoury, because the AK he took off a dead Syrian had gotten worn out. Back then you could spot Israeli soldiers with a toothbrush on a string and they would brush the star teeth on their AR bolts regularly even just carrying it around due to fear of grit jams. Personally I believe the AR is blown clean in locking area by gas, but I’ve never investigated.
        BTW the Valmet has always been my favorite AK. Best finished, best materials, in my opinion.

    • Well in Israel, you’re NEVER lower than Condition Orange anyway; not if you want to survive the day. $300 a month pension is probably at the high end of the range.

      • You are correct. As example, I was In a civilian tourist bus by Masada, my tour group was in two school buses. I switched buses for no reason I can recall, and before I got on I did a walk around to check for devices, then went inside and looked beneath the seats (could see all the way back), then checked the long overhead bins which were made of stainless steel. As people got on I asked them if that was their bag and did it look ok. None of this was my job it’s just that I was then and now vigilant and attacks on tourists were common, and at that time was a UN soldier. After about 4 dirty looks I gave up and sat far back. The first bus left (the one I was supposed to be on) and then we followed maybe 20 minutes later.
        Half an hour later or so on the way back was Israeli military swarming and they waved us to go past and there was the first bus with say a 7’ elongated hole blown outward and up with the stainless luggage rack flattened down and bloody tourists on the ground.
        The driver was on the gas following orders to get away so when I shouted “stop the bus everybody out!” The driver looked at me puzzled. I shouted again “there might be a bomb in our bus!!”, then he stopped on a dime, no body tried to take their belongings maybe because I shouted “don’t touch anything , get out now”.
        After a bit the driver asked everyone exactly what their bags were and then Israeli military got everything off the bus (no EOD gear), and sent us off. When I got back to where I was staying a I talked about what happened (I am fuzzy on what the news said but I think it was five Danes injured, the long rack had deflected the energy up and all the windows being open also helped release pressure), a Palestinian boy interrupted by shouting “VICTORY FOR PALESTINE”, so you get a sense of the situation there.

  29. This outcome was a forgone conclusion. It should be public knowledge as courts have up help that the police have no obligation to protect you. It does however underscore the ridiculous scenario you are put in when being disarmed in a gun free zone when in effect handing your security off to “professionals” who have no obligation to lift a finger for you. The powers that be shouldn’t be able to have it both ways. Either they should be held responsible when security is lapsed and they were the party providing the security or you should have the opportunity to provide it for yourself.

    • There is always a risk of betrayal when hiring mercenaries. The Great Wall was regularly perforated and crossed by mercenaries, or was allowed to be circumvented with their overt help, or with them just averting their eyes at a proscribed date and time.

      The recent mercenary whoooha in Russia is another example. Mercenaries are never guaranteed to be loyal; not even to their own cause! So of course, “professionals” have no obligation to lift a finger for you.

      Once you stop paying them, they could decide to come down from the hills, stab you in your sleep, kill your children, enslave your woman, and burn down your city in the dead of night. Just like you never existed in the first place.

  30. So the jury finds him not guilty … does this mean that everything that we thought we knew about this case based on media reports is totally wrong? AGAIN?

  31. Broward county people. Broward. Brevard county is on the coast halfway up, you know it’s where Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, places like that are. Night and day. Your clue was “Coward of Broward”.

  32. Just because a person is a former/current Deputy, Police Officer etc is no guarantee as to how they will react in a high stress situation such as this. Maybe a better choice for the position would have been a tested COMBAT Veteran. Lord knows there too many available and too many looking for work.

    • 100% agree. Veterans are often left with the psychopathology of “hyper vigilance”, which is a burden in everyday life but makes them very effective in a situation where there is long long nothing followed by a crisis. The only time you feel good is when there’s a crisis, but the ability to assess a threat and act without hesitation is superior.
      Having said that I am a strong believer in stress simulation training such as “Red Man” with high intensity (and some injury risk) simulations. Under stress humans act on rote. In this example of school shooting you might use a real school, blue guns for defender but blank firing gun for aggressor, then simulate the situation requiring tbe defender to act immediately and alone, to approach aggressor (yes at risk), and act decisively. We have read how even unarmed defenders won by using distraction such as a jam or outside noise.

  33. Just a reminder to everyone. We actually pay people to run into a burning building. And save the lives of total strangers. Yeah, we actually do that in America.

    • Someone once asked me why people make a big deal over a fireman or policeman rescuing somebody or taking out the bad guy when they’re only doing their job.

      • They quit when that happens. And I’ve never heard of a fireman refusing to go into a burning building.

  34. An excellent decision by this jury. A madman perpetrated this heinous crime. Justice would not be served by sending this man to die in prison. This comment section is chock full of internet bravado and pure BS. Repulsive.

      • I have no problem running to protect a child from harm. Any child, not just my own children and grandchildren. I’m sorry you feel that way about protecting children from harm. Don’t place your hesitation or refusal to protect a child as the lowest common denominator for living in a society in general, or that it’s some virtue to express it in a forum and not expect pushback.
        Many individuals have rushed into dangerous situations to protect life. Their example should inspire others to do the same.
        Not everyone can take up the mantle of protector. It doesn’t come from a Badge or an Oath. It comes solely from the courage to follow one’s convictions no matter the outcome.
        Obviously, this officer’s convictions only went as far as protecting his own life. I pity him, because he’ll have to live with his failure for the rest of his life. What he did, may have been OK under the Law, but it violates the Moral Code of many who hold themselves to a higher standard than society in general.

        This trial turned out exactly as I thought it would. He’s not guilty in the eyes of the Law. A jury of his peers reached that determination and verdict under whatever guidelines the Judge instructed the Jurors to follow and guide their verdict.
        My personal thoughts and beliefs on this decision/verdict are irrelevant.

      • A witless comment. I hope you stand before a jury, accused of a felony real soon. I’m sure you would need clean shorts.

  35. As distasteful as the sounds the man should have never been charged with a crime. As shameful as his behavior was it was not criminal and charging him with a crime when there was no law broken was a stretch. If the people want to be able to charge officers for something like this in the future than the legislators need to pass laws that have criminal liability attached to them for an officer failing to act.

    • Then all the laws that stop good people who carry guns should be repealed. And the police should trained to expect a good guy with a gun to assist them.

      Or that the good guy already be on site doing what needed to be done. And the cops not shoot him.

      • Who decides which person is “good”? I do believe I understand your intent and wholeheartedly agree, but “good” seems subjective, like “shall issue”.

        • “Shall Issue” is objective; “May Issue” is subjective.

          Rather than get bogged down in the semantics of “good”, it would be best to focus on the real issue: “gun free zones” make people who are otherwise legal to own and carry guns into helpless victims, and should be repealed. At the very least, GFZs should be limited to areas with airport-level security.

    • Agreed. Is there no law at all on the books for inaction? Any conviction to help the civil suits on the way.

    • Nobody would be a cop then, right? Look at the Daniel Penny case. When we legislate so heavily that nobody can do right no matter WHAT they do, then certainly nobody is going to step up to do anything. You just keep walking, that way if somebody tries to get you for doing nothing, you can just say, “I didn’t hear anything, I didn’t see anything.” The people of Florida know this and that’s why they didn’t put SP in jail. I do blame the prior jury for giving Cruz life instead of the gas chamber, though. If they had done the right thing and offed Cruz, then THIS jury might have found it possible to give SOME kind of punishment to Peterson.

      Weakness begets weakness. And that’s why I blame today’s societal mess 100% on Gerald Ford. He should not have pardoned Richard Nixon. That set us up for the weakness of Carter, Clinton, Obama, and now Biden.

    • If thatis how the law works, then as an “officer” whose job it was to do nothing but stand there and look pretty, he and everyone like him who is in uniform should be as unarmed and as defenseless as the students and teachers were in that school. Or the reat of us, for that matter. After alll, it is not as though he were going to use it. If he under no obligation to protect then disarm him. He doesn’t need a gun, right? After all, that is what Michael Bloomberg says as he walks around with armed body guards…

  36. As long as US citizens aren’t willing to give up guns to protect their own children, these school shootings will continue.

    This is on people that refuse to give up their guns, even if to save their children.

    • What an ignorant thing to write. These schools shootings will continue until the DEMOCRATS in Washington DC help provide funding to harden schools school security in ways the local citizens deem necessary. You are a disturbed person and I find you to be a loathsome character.

      • Boohoo. You’re a MORE loathsome character. Some of us don’t want kids to go to school in prison camps. Getting rid of guns is a proven way to keep kids safe.

        • You should probably go see a doctor about upping your meds, “getting rid of guns” it’s always the same argument your side makes, it’s always the same lies, and always the same results, the wrong people are targeted and bans never achieve the results you promise.

        • Let’s see. Germany 1936, nope bad for kids. Soviet Union, nope bad for kids. Cultural Revolution, nope bad.
          I can’t think of a time / place where guns were banned and it was good for children. But I’m open to learning.

        • Sorry Nick , yours is a straw man argument. Simple improvements in external security measures, training teachers in proper response to active shooters, secured on-site weapons would go a long way to discouraging most mass shooters. It has been written time and again how mass shooters chose targets based on accessibility. IMO, the best way to address this issue is by having local citizens help decide how they want their children protected. If YOU and your local neighbors want to ignore logic and refuse to make any changes to your schools, so be it. The results of that decisions are then ON YOU. Isn’t that how this works? Set an example, step up, speak publicly, be an adult. If you can.

    • How might that unfold?
      In history sanctions were used. For example life sentences or death for owning a firearm ( China / Stalin’s USSR/ Germany 1937). It works. Almost everyone surrenders their guns. So this also proves that sanctions work. So how about we start applying those same sanctions to perverts and thugs? After we reduce the social concentration of perverts and thugs to near zero, I would bet there would be no justification to ban ownership by regular people.

    • If normal people “give up their guns”, how will that slow down school shooters? This seems fantastic.
      If normal people give up their opiates will drugs stop being available on the street? Explain. This seems to be nonsense.

      • Because less guns will be available. Simple as that. Why not make it as difficult as possible for criminals to get guns?

        Fact of the matter is that in a society where guns are easily bought, people will die. And it’s not the fault of the Scot Peterson’s of the world.

        • In social science they describe a “sensitivity / response “ to a variable. To prove a postulation that there’s a correlation to gun availability and that you could reduce gun availability you do analysis. One failure of the first postulation is that there is such a massive change across age, sex, and race. If guns cause death why are gun deaths so uneven along age, sex, race? For the second point ( reduce death by reducing total guns), we ask how many guns are needed to do all the crime? The answer is far, far below 1% of all the guns. About 134 die per day. So you can see that one would need to lower gun concentration by over 99% to create a meaningful shortage, and of course organized crime would simply meet the demand. Then of course why constrain to guns? The Japanese mass murderer of young women used a Jerry can of gas and some chain. The assumptions do not withstand analysis.

        • “And it’s not the fault of the Scot Peterson’s [sic] of the world.”
          AND it is not the fault of good citizens either!

        • Not with the southern border being wide open. You think illegal aliens and drugs are the only things crossing that border? I am not giving up jack squat for the government. Perhaps you would like to live in China or Russia where you have no rights. You can write and tell us how great it is to be unarmed and defenseless with only the government being allowed to own the guns.

        • Then for god’s sake don’t blame Scot Peterson for refusing to engage an active shooter!

    • We’re working on it, through legal channels. Do you not agree that some people just shouldn’t have access to guns?

      • I agree that people like you. nor anyone else, should not be able to decide if law abiding people can exercise their constitutional right to have guns.

        • Then you have to get used to the idea that school shootings will continue to happen, and it really isn’t anybody else’s fault but yours.

        • @Nick

          “Then you have to get used to the idea that school shootings will continue to happen, and it really isn’t anybody else’s fault but yours.”


          What planet do you live on?

          I guess that because there are car accidents that you had nothing to do with and you are required to surrender your car and you don’t then car accidents will continue to happen and it will be your fault.

          You monster…you are murdering innocent people with car accidents because you did nothing wrong and own a car.

          school shootings don’t happen because law abiding people own guns…they happen because mentally ill killers exist and they are the only ones at fault.

          your left-wing anti-gun ‘blame and persecute the law abiding gun people who did nothing wrong’ delusional thought process is showing.

        • .40 cal Booger
          The auto industry is regulated.

          As a law abiding gun owner, would you be willing to give up some rights if it ensured that criminals wouldn’t get guns? Of course not, and that is where the fault lies.

        • @Nick

          “The auto industry is regulated.

          As a law abiding gun owner, would you be willing to give up some rights if it ensured that criminals wouldn’t get guns? Of course not, and that is where the fault lies.”

          Yet, despite, the car industry being regulated, annually more than 2.5 million people end up in hospital emergency rooms and over 200,000 are hospitalized and around 70,000 children under age 12 are left with a permanent disability due to car accidents. Heck, just for the one crime of DUI more than ~13,000 people annually die as a result of ‘car accident’ due to intoxicated drivers.

          So I think you should be willing to give up your car so that people will not have car accidents and DUI criminals will not have access to cars.

          The gun industry is regulated. They are regulated for the types of materials they can use like other industries are for the materials they use. They are regulated for interstate commerce and export or import like other industries are. They are regulated by application of law like other industries are. They are subject to the same regulatory infrastructure in the United States other industries are. It is a lie that the gun industry is not regulated. All industries in the United States that manufacture or sell ‘consumer products’ are regulated.

          In your regulated car industry – How many people charged with DUI or ‘texting while driving’ (e.g. ‘distracted driving’) were made to pass a background check when they went to purchase a car from a licensed dealer?

          Are you nuts?

          Do you have any sense of logic or a shred or sanity left?

          Do you not understand what that means, are you really that stupid?

          Which one of your rights would you be willing to give up so that criminals could not have a ‘thing’ or be able to do something …

          Would you be willing to give up your right to life or the lives of your loved ones so that criminals could not harm others?

          Would you be willing to give up your right to free speech so that criminals wouldn’t get computers to spread hate speech and cyber crime?

          Would you be willing to give up your right to be secure in your person from unreasonable search and seizure so that criminals wouldn’t be able to hide something?

          Would you be willing to give up your right against self-incrimination so that criminals wouldn’t be able to lie?

          Its not just about the second amendment and guns. When the government in any form wants the law abiding to give up a right or the government in any form wants to take a right of the law abiding – its not about stopping criminals from getting a ‘thing’ – its about subjugating the peoples rights to government control.

          You want to stop criminals from getting guns – round up the criminals and take them away and stop trying to round up the rights and property of the law abiding.

          So no, I’m not willing to “give up some rights” so that criminal elements can further victimize our freedoms by the government subjugating the law abiding to government control.

          For cripes sake… have you never even heard of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution or common sense or logic or sanity?

      • Nick the Lying Coward,

        “Do you not agree that some people just shouldn’t have access to guns?”

        Sure, I can think of three, right off the top of my head!! You, Nikolas Kruz, and Scott Peterson. Any other dumbass observations you’d like to make???

        • Nick the Lying Coward,

          Because, you dolt, as I and many others on this thread have stated, REPEATEDLY, the Coward of Broward APPLIED for the job, had already had police training, got additional SRO training, and swore not ONE, but TWO oaths to do the job, KNOWING that the damn job had at least the potential of involving direct physical danger, up to and including “active shooters”, took the money AND the fat pension (which he gets to keep), and then . . . refused to do the job he applied for, was trained for, was armed for, and swore to do. THAT’S why I consider him MORALLY culpable, whether he is legally culpable or not.

          This ain’t rocket surgery, chief.

      • Nick, because you love crime and violence and cowards and taking rights from people and ensuring as many kids as possible die in a school shooting – you should not let that influence your perspective.

  37. Scot Peterson should look into suing the Broward County Sheriff’s office, school board and the parents that called him a coward for defamation of character.

    • he can sue all day long, its not going to get him anything.

      just because his criminal trial ended with him getting off it does not mean the jury actually thought him not guilty. it is means the jury followed the instructions guidelines they were given to follow.

      in a civil suit there is no ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ instructions and the jury is basicalky free to frame within their conscience. And the jury will see where he was hired to do that job and did not do it. there will not be any ‘darn radios’ or ‘didn’t know where the shots were coming from’ to create a reasonable doubt excuse.

      The term ‘Coward’ is apt here. The jury is going to see the possibility that kids could have been saved if he had done his job instead of going for cover to wait it out like he did. The jury in a civil suit is going to see a coward.

      • I bet you $1,000 the civil trial will also end in Scot Peterson’s acquittal. No reasonable jury would ever hold an individual liable for taking their own safety into account.
        The simple fact is that it is not reasonable to expect someone to die on the job.

        • “I bet you $1,000 the civil trial will also end in Scot Peterson’s acquittal.”

          civil law suits don’t have “acquittal” or guilty or innocent, there is no ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ thing in civil law suits, there is no burden of proof like there is in a criminal trial. There is either liable or not liable.

          They would hold him liable for not doing his job, the job he was hired to do -you seem to forget, he was a public employee … a public servant – its a little bit different for them for liability. If say, you were a city fire fighter and arrived at a fire to only say ‘nope, not going to put out that fire.” and that fire ended up burning down your home then you can be held liable no matter what your excuse was as to why you did not put out the fire – you can say all day long ‘couldn’t tell which direction the wind was blowing’ or ‘the radios didn’t work’ but as public servant if you do your job you can be held liable for not doing your job in a civil lawsuit. And sure, you can throw all sorts of ‘what if’s’ into it all you want but for liability for public servants when it comes down to it its if they did their job or not.

        • Correction for : “If say, you were a city fire fighter and arrived at a fire to only say ‘nope, not going to put out that fire.” and that fire ended up burning down your home then you can be held liable no matter what your excuse was as to why you did not put out the fire – you can say all day long ‘couldn’t tell which direction the wind was blowing’ or ‘the radios didn’t work’ but as public servant if you do your job you can be held liable for not doing your job in a civil lawsuit. ”

          should have been…

          If say, you were a city fire fighter and arrived at a fire to only say ‘nope, not going to put out that fire.” and that fire ended up burning down a persons home then you can be held liable no matter what your excuse was as to why you did not put out the fire – you can say all day long ‘couldn’t tell which direction the wind was blowing’ or ‘the radios didn’t work’, as a public servant if you do not do your job you can be held liable for not doing your job in a civil lawsuit.

        • And also Nick, you forget that in the criminal trial was for seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence, one count of perjury. It was not for not doing his job which is a civil matter and not a criminal matter.

          The SCOTUS decision that law enforcement has no duty to protect public at large does not apply here. The SCOTUS decision allows that if certain circumstances exist that law enforcement does indeed have a duty to protect. One of those circumstances is if law enforcement is specifically assigned to protect.

          Peterson was an armed law enforcement officer assigned special duties and responsibilities as an SRO specifically to protect the children and staff members of that school. That ‘protection’ aspect can be actively engaging to stop, or failing that can be mitigating to stop or repel the threat. Peterson did neither, it was his job to do that and clearly did not do his job.

          He is a coward. And I don’t think a jury in a civil law suit would have problems finding that he did not do his job, and I think in their minds the term ‘coward’ is going to be common when they consider that if he had done his job those kids would have at least had a chance if even to escape (by him distracting the killer) even if he was not successful in the end with stopping the mentally ill killer. As it was, because he did not do his job those killed or injured had no chance at all.

          The man is a coward.

        • and also nick…err.. Miner49…your lack of understanding what context is…is giving you away… you ignore the context that the only reason he was not found guilty was because, according to their instructions. he did not fit under the exact definitions as a ‘care giver’ under Florida law so the jury had no other choice but to find him not guilty because the law definitions for ‘care giver’ did not allow for guilty because if he was not legally a ‘care giver’ he can’t have comitted a crime, and all the other charges were based on or derived from the ‘care giver’ aspect.

          do you seriously think the jury in their minds ignored that he did not do his job? Wait.. don’t answer that…its obvious you do.

  38. Long ago while visiting Switzerland I was talking to a guy who explained how he was in the reserves as most men were. He explained that every serviceman had his uniform, kit, and weapon. I asked him what weapon he had at home , “come see it”. Turns out he was driver so kept a main battle tank in his driveway. I couldn’t go inside because it has a full combat load out. I asked him wtf? His answer was “what use is a tank with no ammo?”. So at any time there’s many many thousands of men with their service rifles at home. Also armed armored vehicles. Switzerland has massive gun ownership.

  39. The verdict didn’t surprise me. Ever since the SCOTUS Decision that LEOs are under No Obligation to Protect, it was obvious the trial would end in a Not Guilty Verdict.
    In a perverse way it’s fitting. What should we expect when our (S)Elected Leadership is chock full of Liars, Cheats, Adulterers, Addicts, Drunks and Sexual Deviants on both sides of the aisle, at every level of our government? Our country has largely lost its Moral Compass. Up is Down, Good is Bad, and Bad is Good. A Criminal’s Rights take precedence over their victim’s rights. Men can be women and women can be men. Efforts to decriminalize Heinous Crimes like Pedophelia, and the never ending attempt to raise Sodomy as a virtue and not only normalize it, but give it supremacy. This cannot continue or end in anything other than tragedy.
    The real Fault for the Parkland Shooting, lies with the School Board, the Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Incompetence, and the Cruz family. Nick Cruz raised all the Red Flags of a Mass School Shooter in the making, and the aforementioned organizations and his Family not only ignored his descent into madness, they enabled it.

  40. So not a single SRO has a duty now, none. Now they are worthless. More reason, arm the teachers, arm the parents. Use this at your school board meetings, they drew the line not us.

  41. “…To those who have tried to make this political, I say: It is not political to expect someone to do their job.”

    Where have they been, hiding under a rock?

    Finding ways of not working; quiet quitting, demanding WFH, freeloading off of your parents, etc. is the new Marxism.

  42. To .40 cal Booger;
    Thank you for your reasoned argument, that was very well composed.
    “Giving up rights” is never good for a society. Stripping rights from felons is.

  43. I cww a long gun while in college. When I was teaching elementary age kids I ccw a pistol. Yes I was breaking the law. And if I needed to defend myself and the students I was ready. Instead of waiting 5 or 10 or 20 minutes for the cops to show up.

    And no I will not tell anyone what firearms I carried concealed. Nor how I concealed them. You need to start thinking outside the box, when it comes to real world ccw. Not a fantasy you may have.

  44. I know he can be held liable, I’m simply saying he WON’T be held liable.

    Nice try with your firefighter analogy, but you seem to forget that firefighters would NEVER run into a burning building if they knew it was unsafe. Some would, but the ones that don’t aren’t held civilly liable, nor do they lose jobs.

    No reasonable jury is going to blame this man for not facing off an AR-15 with a handgun. I bet you $1,000 Scot Peterson will not be held liable.


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