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Not everyone that wears a uniform is a hero. Heroes are not usually around to accept the title; they often die sacrificing themselves for another. If you find a living hero ask them, they will likely tell you the same.

The three Broward County officers that did nothing to stop the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. are the latest testament to that fact. To their credit, they aren’t required to protect those kids anyway. The Supreme Court ruled in Warren v. District of Columbia (1981)that the police have no constitutional requirement to protect an individual, only to the “public at large.”

The school resource officer, Scot Peterson, will have a harder time than the two responding deputies;  he was specifically hired as armed protection for the school. He will likely be credited with observing, monitoring and reporting critical information to responding officers, thus absolved of any responsibility. And what about the FBI? It was told months ago this kid was going to shoot up a school and did nothing. Some poor schmuck in the call center is going to lose their job and we will be told problem solved. Until next time.

The people of this fine nation have to realize they can only depend on themselves for protection. Why forfeit your right to protect yourselves and your families to an entity that has fought hard in federal court not to be obligated to do so? Fix it by taking responsibility for your own lives and for the ones you love.

Troy Thorne, Bloomington

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