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Deputy Shaquille O’Neal Says Gun Ban Not the Answer to Safer Schools

A nationwide gun ban will not address the shootings in American schools. Instead, the country should allocate a budget to put more uniforms on the streets.

TNT analyst and 4-time NBA champ Shaquille O’Neal said the government should invest more in law enforcement. With more money, more warm bodies will be recruited.

He said. “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.”

He said a gun ban is not an automatic deterrent because illicit gun owners will not suddenly turn their firearms over just because it’s against the law.

“That’s definitely not going to happen,” he added. “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.”

O’Neal, who was sworn in as a deputy in Clayton County, GA and also a reserve officer in California, Florida and Arizona, has previously announced that he’s running for sheriff in Henry County in Georgia in 2020.

He has a residence Henry County where he stays during tapings of his show on TNT alongside Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith.

To try to prevent a repeat of the tragedy in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott introduced stricter gun controls, which included a ban on sale of firearms to people under the age of 21. The waiting period has also been extended to three days.

Powerful lobby group, the National Rifle Association, filed a legal action questioning the legal limit imposed by the Florida law.