A mass shooting that mowed down 17 people in Florida last week might have been averted or its impact lessened if unarmed security guards had instead wielded weapons, a student at the school said Thursday.
Brandon Minoff, a senior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, referred on “The Laura Ingraham Show” to security guard Aaron Feis.
“I was speaking to Coach Feis’ dad — I saw him at grief counseling — and he was talking about how the security guards should be armed,” he said.
Feis, who also was an assistant football coach at the school, reportedly ran to confront accused shooter Nikolas Cruz on February 14. Like other security guards at the school, Feis was not armed, and became one of the 17 homicide victims.
“But if he was, it could have been a major difference,” Minoff said.
A school resource officer (SRO) was the only employee at the school who had a gun, Minoff said.
“There was one SRO, but he was nowhere to be found,” he said.
Minoff suggested that the one-sided nature of CNN’s town hall program in Florida on Wednesday night — nearly all of the students pelted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch with pointed questions about guns — was not representative of the school.
“There’s definitely a diversity of opinions of what to do about the issue,” he said.
Minoff, who plans to study sports medicine at the University of Central Florida next year, reacted to a classmate who asked Rubio about NRA “blood money” during the forum.
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“I think they’re entitled to their opinion,” he said. “If they feel that they’re taking blood money from the NRA, they can feel that way. But a donation’s a donation.”
Minoff said he had classes in the past with Cruz, who had a long history of discipline problems, including a forced transfer in 2014 to an alternative school and removal from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.
“He was quiet, reserved, kept to himself,” he said. “There was times when there’d be a quiet, empty classroom, [and he was] sitting in the corner giggling and twiddling his thumbs. But he was just, always kept to himself.”
Minoff said experiencing the rampage as a student can shake belief in God.
“It’s an eye-opening experience to test your faith,” he said.