Shaquille O’Neal is a longtime friend of the police. He’s running for sheriff in Georgia in 2020, he was named an honorary officer after completing an unofficial police academy program in 2016 and he’s remained outspoken on police rights. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Shaq’s answer to school shootings is to make schools safer by placing cops around them, not by banning guns.
“The government should give law enforcement more money,” he said on WABC Radio on Wednesday, via ESPN. “Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put ’em in front of the schools, you put ’em behind the schools, you put ’em inside the schools, and we need to pass information. … I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools.”
O’Neal points out that the prevalence of weapons already on the street would make a ban counterproductive, and allow the black market to thrive.
“There’s a lot of those weapons already on the streets,” O’Neal said. “So it’s not like, if you say, ‘OK, these weapons are banned,’ people are gonna go, ‘Oh man, let me turn it in.’ That’s definitely not going to happen. [Because] once you ban ’em, now they’re going to become a collector’s item and you’re going to have people underground, and they were $2,000. … I’ll give you $9,000 for that gun. So, you know, we just need to keep our eyes open.”