U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, a candidate for Florida governor, says schools could enlist retired military and law enforcement officers to prevent mass shootings like last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
DeSantis made the comments today on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria” program.
DeSantis and GOP primary rival Adam Putnam have both campaigned as Second Amendment supporters and opponents of gun-control measures.
DeSantis was supportive of a bill — cautiously endorsed by President Donald Trump — to improve federal background checks, but had concerns about whether the measure would be effective because of past examples of “ineptitude” by government officials.
DeSantis said he favors improving school security “so that these are not soft targets anymore.”
He added: “I think we can easily, in Florida particularly, have a program where retired military and law enforcement officers are enlisted to help provide school security so that these are now hard targets. If they are hard targets, these guys are not going to want to do what they’re doing.”
He continued: “The other thing we have to look at is, if you’re a danger to society, we have to look at our civil process, these guys used to be committed 50-60 years ago to an institution if they were a danger to themselves and others. Now it’s gotten a little more liberalized where all these warning signs where they say unless you actually commit a criminal offense, there’s nothing you can do. I don’t think that’s the best way to protect the public. So I think looking at that could really, really make a difference. That’s different than saying we’re going to do some major gun control which is basically just going to end up just falling on the law abiding gun owners.”