This post was written by Connor Balough
Florida, a state which has very lax gun control laws, has some of the most tough police in the country. The Orlando situation outstanding, the rate of violent crime in Florida is one of the lowest.
The Zephyrhills Police Department implemented a new standard operating procedure back on March 17 on how to handle an active shooter situation. Last week’s horror in Texas where five police officers were gunned down has underscored the necessity of that training. “I’m very confident about us being prepared for an active shooter incident,” Chief David Shears said Monday. “Remember the Columbine shootings in 1999? Police stood by and waited for the arrival of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams. “We’re not delaying anymore. Now, we’re going in immediately.” The Dallas madman also wounded seven other officers and two civilians before police used a robotdelivered bomb to take out the gunman.