Our Culture: A School for Cowards, Like Deputy Scot Peterson

We need to know how and why goodness failed.

By John Zmirak Published on February 24, 2018

The butchery of children in Parkland, Florida stokes in us both grief and inarticulate rage. One family after another watches the child in whom they’d sunk their hopes lowered slowly into the ground. And we hunger for answers. There may be some easy ones, ready to hand. Cheap Band-Aids to slow the bleeding. This gun law or that. This scheme for policing schools or that one. I don’t know which ones would work. And I’ve learned not to trust the elite’s appointed “experts.”

You know what most of them are telling us. This time, no, really this time, we need to turn in all our guns and trust the nice men from the government. The same government which ignored dozens of warnings about the killer. Which was told that he boasted online about aspiring to become a “professional school shooter.” Using his real name, “Niklaus Cruz.” Which wasn’t something really common like “Pedro Lopez” or “Jason Smith,” but weird and easy to track down, like “John Zmirak.”

What Kind of Men Are We Making?

Tune out the noise. We need deeper answers. So we must ask starker questions. Like an experienced pastor speaking to a sinner, or a surgeon searching out cancer, we have to probe. To interrogate ourselves as a nation, and grill our collective conscience.  The most important answer we need right now is this one:

How did America produce a man like this? Where’d we go wrong? Is there anything we can do?

Just quickly: I don’t mean Niklaus Cruz. Man is fallen. Evil is perennial. And young men have violent urges. That’s why we send them to war. Grotesque public violence is also contagious, as one wicked young man’s Screwtape after another directs him in the “imitation of Columbine.”

How did America produce a man like Deputy Peterson?

We do need to understand what went wrong in Cruz’s life. But that might not yield any actionable answers. There is no scheme of social utopia that could guarantee we rescue every psychopath before he does any damage. Or even a lot. There are serial killers still uncaught lurking across America. And human traffickers festooning “rape trees” all along our unguarded southern border. And abortionists lobbying Congress to keep hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fund the killing centers in our ghettos. Again about evil: perennial and contagious.

Why Goodness Failed

What we need to know is how and why goodness failed. How did America emit a man like Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson? That’s the deputy who was onsite during the shooting. Peterson spent two-thirds of the bloody massacre cowering outside waiting for help. Meanwhile, inside, brave students and teachers sacrificed their own lives to save others’. Peterson could hear the screams of panic from the children who were in his charge. Whom he was being paid $80,000 per year to protect. And he froze, awaiting the cavalry, or perhaps for the shooter to use up his ammunition. Then it would be “safe” for Peterson to go in. Once all the bullets were safely lodged in lifeless young bodies. Then he could waddle in, count the corpses, and file a nice report.

(It turns out that three more Broward County deputies showed up. They also stayed safely outside. It took the Coral Springs Police showing up for anyone to actually enter the building.)

What goes through such a man’s mind at such a moment? Had he no devotion to duty? This wasn’t some 18-year-old draftee wetting his pants and dropping his gun on foreign shores in a war he doesn’t understand. That happens in every conflict. Peterson volunteered to wear a badge, carry a service gun and enforce our duly enacted laws. He’d done it for 33 years. He’d even promoted a boondoggle that let police live in trailers on the grounds of public schools.

It’s About Much More than One Guy

Peterson fled his job one step ahead of a termination notice, but as of now he’ll get a union pension. It’s good that the police protect him from angry mob justice. Satisfying as it might be to our fallen natures to hear that one of the victims’ parents had gotten vengeance, that would be wrong. And much too easy.

We should hold Peterson responsible for his cowardice. I hope that some legitimate legal grounds is found to send him to prison. (Maybe he stole some sports memorabilia or something.)

Manhood, Corrupted

But we have to ask ourselves: How did we become a country that produces men like Peterson?

The answers are complex, and deserve not an essay but a book or series of books. Still, they’d share a common theme. That is, the corruption of masculinity. Yes, feminists are shrieking their hatred of everything masculine, from defending national borders to desiring nubile young women. But what they hate had already been tainted. Split off from its proper purposes, and turned into a tyrant. The Sexual Revolution and its patron “saint,” Hugh Hefner managed that. They showed us that sexual pleasure could be nicely severed from the only biological reasons it exists: to reproduce our kind, protect our young and love their mothers.

How should young males ever learn how to be men? We don’t even know how to tell people to be human. The culture we swim pumps into our every pore an incoherent mishmash of “precious snowflake” and “featherless biped.”

Why not do the same with the other main drive that men contend with: violence and aggression? God gave us those drives so we could defend ourselves and our families. Or assert our legitimate rights, and stand up for the defenseless. Siphon that off into video games, TV sports and social media trolling. Hire a few grunts to work as cops or soldiers who will do the heavy lifting. We’re off the hook. Again, we can cream off the pleasure without doing the work.

How Can You Be a Man?

How should young males ever learn how to be men? We don’t even know how to tell people to be human. The culture we swim pumps into our every pore an incoherent mishmash. In social justice class (i.e. English, history, political science) we learn to pretend that each one of us is a unique and fragile snowflake, exquisitely vulnerable to microagressions and slights. Then in science class we play the game of believing that we’re nothing more than random chemical accidents. We will wink out of existence the moment our brain stops humming. And nothing will ever matter, except the score we toted up on the “pleasure” vs. “pain” display. Then the video game reboots. But we don’t get to play.

Let the Other Featherless Biped Take the Bullet

Say you’re in your 50s, have a nice safe gig guarding a school. You’ve got your favorite “fun” websites bookmarked and your drinking under control. Your job is boring, but safe. The union makes it very hard to get fired. You look forward to 25, maybe 30 more years of ethnic takeout, NFL and microbrews. Then one day reality starts hammering on the door. BANG! BANG! BANG! Some maniac who got jaded of video game “kills” is shooting the kids in your school. Quick, now! What do you do?

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You apply what the culture taught you. Remember that all those brats inside are just biological accidents, little matches going out “PFFFFT!” in Darwin’s toilet. But you on the other hand are a complex, magnificent creature. An irrepeatable miracle of rights, appetites, and pleasures. And now all of that could end. Then BLANK. Absolutely nothing, for all eternity.

The choice is clear. You wait and pray to the Universe that some other featherless biped will go in and take the bullet. Then you can collect your pension.   

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  • Paul

    John, I agree our culture is largely a snowflake machine. It is easy to throw stones at the guys we expect to run into the rain of bullets because their job title suggests they should, but then the fact society pays them to do the dirty work suggests most in society are cowards too for not taking responsibility for their own security. Which leads me to wonder, do you own a gun? How about concealed carry? Or are you also a duck and hide type who calls 911 to take care of you?

    • Andrew Mason

      Speaking as someone likely to respond like Peterson, not all of us are born fearless or with great courage. Should a man be condemned for being born fearful? Do you condemn a person for being born without sight or stamina? If not why not? A person born without such abilities should never be employed in such a role, that’s mere common sense, and they should know they aren’t suited for the role so never seek such.

      While you ask whether Zmirak owns a firearm, whether he has a concealed carry permit, or whether he’s a duck and dial 911 type, aren’t you assuming he lives in a jurisdiction that supports firearms and carry permits, that he is physically and mentally suited to using them, and that he has the appropriate training? Do you? It’s easy to talk, much harder to do.

      • Paul

        Last I heard John is in Texas and I’m in Komiefornia. Yes I’m often armed, and while I feel the 2nd Amendment affirms the natural right to be armed, I have the required govt permit that is imposed on me by my foolish state govt.

        As for courage or fear, I look at the Israelites entering the promised land. In Joshua 1:9, God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous. Obviously it is a choice unlike being born blind.

      • Zmirak

        I’m a New Yorker who moved to Texas not long ago. Grew up without access to guns and am totally unfamiliar with them, though I strongly support the 2nd Amendment and always have. Last I read it doesn’t REQUIRE gun ownership. Let me get my driver’s license first, then maybe later I’ll carry.

  • Zmirak

    It’s easy to throw stones at surgeons who operate drunk and kill their patients, but I wonder if Paul can do an emergency episiotomy. Or is he a hapless civilian who counts on doctors to know what they’re doing and do it?

    • Paul

      Ah, the difference here John is that many law enforcement officers never actually get in a gun fight. Until a person actually has to do it we don’t know how they will react. Paper targets don’t shoot back.

      Surgeons on the other hand actually do surgery. Imagine a person with the title of surgeon who goes through their entire career never having performed any surgery. That can be said of many police officers if you define their job as gun fighter. Many never have ever done it throughout their entire career. As for being intoxicated, unless that was claimed about Peterson I don’t see how that is relevant here.

      And no, I do not have the skill to do an emergency episiotomy, but that was a nice deflection though. My lack of surgical training on my wife will not prevent me from protecting her.

      • Zmirak

        They are trained for active shooter situations. It’s their job, as surgery is surgeons’. You just tried to make a pointless ad hominem attack that failed. Give up.

        • Paul

          I don’t know the details of his training, if you have it please share.

  • I recently took a civilian active shooter training that taught us multiple ways to disarm a shooter, along with other responses. Some of the training was in how to lead other “victims” to act together, other methods can be used by a little weak unarmed woman when her life depends on it. I have not yet been able to get “stop the bleed” training but I do carry a tourniquet in my purse.

    I have never carried a weapon but I know – from other life experiences – that I am constitutionally UNABLE to “hide and wait”. I am a person who has to stand up in a crisis. So , since I would have to do “something” I am trying to learn as many possibilities for offense as possible, and will trust that God will bring the right method to mind if I am ever in such a situation.

    The thing about Heroes is that they are heroes every day – they habitually take necessary responsibility in ordinary life. When a crappy job has to be done, they just get it over with. When something hard needs to be said, they just get that over with too. When they see trouble they have a skill for, they offer help. They never sit back and pretend they don’t know what their job requires. Men like Coward Scot Peterson have probably hidden behind others their whole careers. We can see it in the details of his work that he never completed, that he let slide: Coward Peterson never bothered charging Cruz for any of the assaults he committed on school premises. Coward Peterson didn’t care that the kids Cruz threatened for two years were terrified for their lives, he just didn’t have the guts to tell his boss that Cruz needed to go to jail. If he had done his job and arrested Cruz, a night in jail might have shaken Cruz out of his murderous fantasy world. Coward Peterson is, as you pointed out, such a chicken that he couldn’t even bring himself to let the investigation play out: he took his pension and ran.

    • Paul

      Thank you for making the effort to be prepared. We need a lot more people doing it.

  • Nick Stuart

    Let’s wait and find out what the Broward County’s Rules of Engagement, and training doctrine specified that this person should have done before we call him a coward.

    • Howard Rosenbaum

      Well, the Broward county sheriff was “surprised” at the lack of initiative on Mr Peterson’s part. Not to mention the dereliction of duty to “serve & protect”. Not to mention a resignation. When you look at all the missteps made by law enforcement under this sheriff & the inexcusable lack of follow through by the local FBI bureaucrats it almost makes you wonder if there was collusion of some sort going on here. I’m not suggesting there was. I’m just saying it kinda makes one wonder ..

      • Boommach

        The left does love a good crisis and killings are as fine as they come. No better way to disolve the bill of rights than in a pool of blood.

    • Boommach

      That’s a good question and I have wondered the same thing, Nick. However, it seems the boy resigned awfully quickly. If he was complying with the department’s policy, I would presume he would have made somewhat of a stink. I would also presume, regardless of policy, only a coward could listen to kids being murdered whilst waiting for orders from headquarters or an ‘all clear’ signal or whatever he was waiting for.

      • Jerry Brickley

        He was calculating how much his first check would be.

    • Kevin Carr

      Those children needed someone to protect them, the Coral Springs police weren’t hiding behind their cars they went in. Had he gone in he at least would have been a game-changer and likely less people would have died.

      • Jerry Brickley

        Yes!

    • Jerry Brickley

      Oh, that’s right…the Sheriff hasn’t read the Rules of Engagement. The Broward deputies who joined Coral Springs didn’t read them either.

      The Peterson Rules of Engagement:
      When you hear gunfire…file for retirement, then find a safe spot to wait for your first check. Then get out of town.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Well , no one is born a hero. Some have hero status thrust on them . Some prepare for careers which offer the hero in waiting the chance to prove his mettle. Then there are some who discover in the moment that they aren’t concerned w/the accolades acts of valor may provide.
    Such were the young men who put the safety of others before their own. Such was the coach who laid down his life for others. Was their ROTC training a factor for these young heroic men ? Probably. Was there something sort of special that prompted that coach to sacrifice his life ? Probably.
    Were told in scripture that a man may lay down his life for a good man. We are also told that to lay down ones life for ones enemies takes a really special kind of love. Perhaps something of that kind of love existed in the hearts of those we now call heroic. Clearly that was not the case w/Mr Peterson ..

  • Expat

    This is the paradox of being a school resource police officer. You must be prepared to give your life for all of them while willing to kill any of them. As a result, your head has got to be in the game everyday.

    • Paul

      Perhaps things are different in Florida than here, but my understanding is no law enforcement officer has a legal duty to protect, let alone die for anyone, except for example someone in custody.

      • Jerry Brickley

        So what?

        Is Peterson being charged with a crime?

        He was never asked to kill himself. He was told to kill the bad guy…he swore he would, and then he went to his safe space and claimed his pension before it was too late. He thinks fast and acts fast to benefit Peterson.

        • Paul

          I was replying to Expat who wrote about a school resource police officer: “You must be prepared to give your life…” My point is that isn’t a legal responsibility of any police officer. This legal reality is echoed in the unwritten 1st rule of law enforcement that I’ve heard from multiple officers…go home alive at the end of your shift.

          We may not like it, we can think it should be different, but that is the reality. A nice salary, pension, badge and a gun does not a hero make. And I’m still curious about what his specific relevant training was up to that point. For all we know his actions may have been reflective of some of his training. I do know at this point I wouldn’t trust his boss to tell me the truth about that.

  • Kevin Quillen

    Thank you Mr Zmirak. Nice to hear someone telling the truth. I am in my 60’s. My generation grew up with cap guns, then BB guns, then 22″s and shotguns. My friends and neighbors all had them. We did not have any desire to shoot anyone. We males were taught to defend females and open doors, and let them have our seat, etc.. I believe that with the legalization of abortion we opened a door that forever changed us. Human life became cheap. Violent video games further desensitized young people to death and killing. Teaching evolution bolsters belief that humans are just animals with no absolutes to guide them. Combine all this with the progressive way to deal with depression, and other mental illnesses and you see why we are in the mess we are in. The truth needs to be told! Most mass killers were on some kind of psychotropic drug. Big pharma is largely responsible. They have given incredible money to the politicians and have untold power. Our system is corrupt, maybe beyond repair. There was much wrong with the “old days”, but there was also much good. We MUST return to the “good” of those days. Teach about God in school, spank kids butts when they disobey, teach them that they are a special creation of a loving Father and that all people are, regardless of race, creed, or color. Until I draw my last breath, I will live this way. Do we have the courage to go back? Progress isn’t always progress.

  • Earl Baker

    “Nail on the head”, well done!

  • Earl Baker

    Nail on the head, sir!
    He did exactly what this Godless culture has trained him to do. “The righteous are as bold as lions”, and this resource officer was too scared to act. Seems like the righteous know, or have something this coward lacks.

  • James

    The military has dealt with this problem for years and has found that such behavior is a nervous failure, not a moral one. Some people simply shut down under extreme stress. That’s why the military doesn’t shoot cowards anymore.

    • Mark

      I agree. Honestly their *could* be a moral element to it, but it’s extremely difficult to determine. I was deployed to Iraq twice and received plenty of training to kill the enemy, but nothing truly prepares you for the actual moment when it happens. One of the biggest concerns was getting too comfortable. You go out 100 times and nothing happens and then something happens and people are caught off guard. I’m sure this guy was caught off guard in a serious way. He did not act correctly, but it’s very easy to criticize when hearing about it after the fact on TV.

      I do think the sheriff down there seems like a disgrace. For him to state “Peterson should have gone in their and killed him” is grossly over simplifying a very dangerous and complicated situation. It makes it sound like Peterson could have easily fixed the problem and just decided not to. We don’t know this. A Beretta against an AR15 is hardly a good situation to be in and we also have to consider Peterson probably didn’t know how many gunmen there were. Is Peterson a Corporal Upham? I’d say so. But again, no one considers themselves to be a Corporal Upham ahead of time. Everyone’s a hero until the bullets start flying at which point the Corporal Uphams are revealed. This is why people not in the situation really can’t judge.

      Also, can we confirm Peterson buys into all of the feminist propaganda? Are we sure he’s an atheist? The football coach who did go in and lost his life…..was he a God fearing, masculine Christian?

      • James

        Years ago, Columbine High School had an armed guard. He was badly outgunned and couldn’t do much to stop the killers.

        • Jerry Brickley

          Peterson isn’t being criticized for failure to stop the shooter. He is being criticized for saving his own neck while his charges were being murdered.

      • Paul

        “For him to state “Peterson should have gone in their and killed him” is grossly over simplifying a very dangerous and complicated situation.”

        Indeed. And I wonder what kind of training he actually had for this situation.

      • Kevin Carr

        Three others showed up and did nothing also.

        • Mark

          Ha! Sorry, I appreciate your response and gave you a thoughtful reply, however, for some reason, my posts are not getting approved anymore.

          • Jerry Brickley

            Their orders are to enter when there is an active shooter situation.

      • Chip Crawford

        Right, the football coach example comes up a lot in these. Adrenalin could account for a rush like this, split second, before the mind has a chance to rotate the issue.

      • Patricia Hefferen

        You said “Peterson should have gone in there and killed him.” Then you added that this “is grossly oversimplifying a very dangerous and complicated situation.” That’s Monday morning quarterbacking. How would Peterson or anyone else know what the situation was until he was inside and assessing it? He can’t have done that hiding behind a concrete post. The officers who stood outside? What was their game plan having no first hand knowledge of what was happening? You go in, you assess, you decide. You can’t do that behind a pillar or standing outside in the street. I have a Utah conceal carry. I have been taught how to shoot and when to shoot. I’m a nurse who spent most of my life working with the mentally ill. I went out with the police in situations that retrospectively simply stun me at the positions in which I was put but I did it. Back then we could remove dangerous individuals on the spot and bring them back for treatment on an involuntary basis. I have given injections through a person’s clothes because it was humane. We need to return to that system. The most heinous failure was a failure to bring Nikolas Cruz in for assessment but our laws, except for 5 states, no longer allow that so he remained a dangerous, delusional maniac.

        • Jerry Brickley

          If I may add, Peterson remained safely outside even after the Coral Springs officers and others entered the school.

        • Paul

          “You go in, you assess, you decide. You can’t do that behind a pillar or standing outside in the street.”

          One possibility could be he was securing that exit to stop the shooter from going to another part of campus. I wonder if such was part of his training.

      • Jerry Brickley

        I don’t believe anyone said “Peterson could have easily fixed the problem and just decided not to”.

        Peterson is being criticized because he chose the one scenario which maximized his outcome and guaranteed the worst outcome for the weak, unarmed, innocent children who he knew personally and was sworn to protect.

        He wasn’t obligated to be heroic, he was obligated to do something less Peterson and more helpless victim.

    • Jerry Brickley

      Luckily, deputy Peterson recovered quickly enough to save his pension and get out of Dodge before anyone could get their hands on him.

      Odd coincidence that the next three Broward deputies avoided a moral dilemma by experiencing the identical case of jitters.

      • Patricia Hefferen

        Right on about that! If this man has a conscience, how he must suffer. But, of course, we don’t know that either. I am a fact based individual and all we can do here is conjecture. One thing we cannot conjecture about is his pension. The world is filled with the brave, the unflagging and the heroes. Deputy Peterson is not one of these. This is his cross to bear. For me I would rather be dead than him but that’s me. Me is not him.

  • Ben Willard

    All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be someplace else. John Wayne.

    • Hmmm…

      That reminds me of Elizabeth Elliott, who was a missionary with her husband in dangerous environs overseas. In discussing fear’s effect, she advises to “do it afraid.” By that, she means that you are going to Feel fear, but that you do not have to go by it. Just because you feel fear rise up doesn’t mean you are a coward. You go ahead and act what you know to do despite those feelings.

      • Aqua

        Great example. Heroes and cowards are made over time. They almost can’t help being who they are at the point of crisis.

        The men of Clint Eastwood’s latest: “15:17 to Paris”, are an example. His telling of their story shows a lifetime of preparation. Big, little, indifferent things in their lives, over time, led them to rise up at the moment the terrorist fired and to run directly at his weapon, face death, no questions, no hesitation; and took him down. Cowards have a similar, but opposite story to tell.

        The natural response is to hide. The heroic response is to stand. I pray I will choose, as Elizabeth Elliott did, to “do it afraid”.

        • Jerry Brickley

          A very thoughtful comment and complementary for this article.

          Hollywood usually tells the Scot Peterson type story.

        • This is exactly right: “Big, little, indifferent things in their lives, over time, led them to rise up at the moment ” Thank you for stating it so well. Heroes are people who step up every day in a thousand little ways. Those “big moments” aren’t any different than any other small moment when they stood up, or took the time.

    • Jerry Brickley

      Gee, was that based on Mr. Wayne’s lifetime experience of zero combat?

      • Ben Willard

        Received an exemption due to age and number of dependents. Doesn’t make it less so!

  • Chip Crawford

    Did anyone notice that this man stands out because time after time after time, we have amazing, incredible first responders, brave and true? He is the exception by a stretch, along with the others from his department. I think it’s the sheriff who is a piece of work — who had to have known this long before it had to be fessed up to. Having more than this poor one guy at first to pile on speaks more to a deficiency in the department. Before that, Mr. Sheriff takes an active blame game pile-on role at the CNN Town Hall against the NRA. Now, there’s something to dig out and report on …

  • Aqua

    Broward police hid behind a wall.

    Coral Springs Police all went in.

    That sounds like an institutional problem; in addition to all the hollowed-out human problems you raise.

    Hollowed-out cowardly humans thrive in hollowed-out cowardly institutions.

  • Hmmm…

    I frankly dispute the premise of this article. Could someone name all the cowards and shirkers who have been involved in these multitudinous shooting events and disasters? The opposite seems to be the case — the reliable and effective police agents routinely going in and taking care of things. The exceptions like Las Vegas handling and this multi-level dereliction are far and away the exceptions. Instead, you hear of good people stepping up in the midst of it over and over – the rule, not the exception. The cowardly element may be rising up in the younger generation who demand things be in place for them, unwilling in college-age examples for now, of being inconvenienced by even a varying opinion. Baby boomers and those between this new breed seem to me and the record, actually, to be made of better stuff.

    • Jerry Brickley

      I could name four cowards, if their names were not being witheld.

      • Hmmm…

        ” … involved in these multitudinous shooting events and disasters …” We know about those; what about from all these previous events? I don’t recall one dropping the ball like this. Most people have been amazing. So, that’s why I dispute the premise of this article dealing with cowards among us. We have problems in the US, but not disaster cowards. In that realm, we have hero after hero. Actually, I rather resent the premise of the article myself. If you have multiple coward examples from previous occurrences, please describe …

  • Devieg72

    I will not say that Scot Peterson is a coward. I will say that he is a man of late middle age.
    Men are naturally most brave and aggressive in their late teens until their middle thirties. Unless the need to be aggressive and brave is required after thirty-five or so the sense of self-preservation starts growing. That is one of the reasons that the military wants young men in fight in wars. Young men are full of piss and vinegar and have a sense of immortality. Middle-aged men usually aren’t and don’t; they find themselves wanting to live to old age. Thirty years of being a cop doesn’t equal thirty years of needing to be brave. As far as he know Peterson never had to draw his gun, use a nightstick or chase down an armed suspect. He may have been a ticket writer.
    The mistake the Broward County Sheriff’s Department made was putting a short-timer as a school security officer. If it feared school violence and shootings, the best person to put in that job is a younger man looking to make his chops.
    And people in the past, and not the far past, had to be braver to get through the day. Sudden death and violence were more common and fist fights were used to resolve conflicts instead of hiring lawyers.

    • Jerry Brickley

      Coward…the rest is baloney

      He doesn’t even have the guts to face the public and his life and pension are safe.

  • Patricia Hefferen

    This is absurd. One officer failed to respond when needed and then several others did the same. What about all the people in similar circumstances who stepped up to the plate and did everything they could to help save these children? They had no guns, nothing – only courage. How about the 17 yo ROTC student who did what he was taught to do? He brought his fellow students into a classroom, got a fire extinguisher, advised the kid holding it what to do as he held a 2×4 in his hands ready to whack the crap out of the monster outside. Humanity is made up of many different types of people yet the majority of us are brave, courageous and self-sacrificing. Our first responders come in all ages and all genders. Don’t damn them because of the actions of a few. These cowards have already damned themselves.

    • Tim Pan

      The problem is the media does not identify the brave, unless they are people who attack the value system we uphold.

  • Carroll Nigg

    The author is condemning all because of the leadership of one Sheriff and his failures. The Coral Springs Dept. were led by a leader and they reflected what we hope for and expect in our police. The author forgets 911 and the heroes who faced death and died. The author has it wrong when he pigeon holes all young men as violent “that’s why they go to war”. Give us a break.

    • Jerry Brickley

      I don’t see this piece as a condemnation of the sheriff. Although he is a bum.

      Rather, the writer questions the deputy who abandoned his duty and asks how this coward came to be created. Apparently, the next three on the scene were as bad.

      Why were four out of four cowards when they were volunteers, trained to act and well paid…yet, they failed the test of goodness. Whatever anyone else did, doesn’t explain why this four performed so miserably.

      I was wondering why there were no stories of female heroism…student, or adult? No females threw themselves in harm’s way, or held the door for others to be spared. No females took a bullet for another. Why do you think that is?

    • Anne Fernandes

      First, much time has passed since 9/11. Secondly, John is not condemning all sheriffs and deputies in this article, but rather the culture in which we are attempting to raise ourselves and our kids. We fell asleep at the wheel back in the sixties, and didn’t wake up until quite recently. Parents gave their power away, and allowed those two sciences, philosophy and psychology, to taint their wisdom and even worse, their common sense. We gave our kids away to others’ “intellectual” thinking, and the enemy has had his day with our flesh and blood in the ruination of family and America. Our fault for not, Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” So let’s pray like never before for wisdom, and for our Father to have mercy on our sloppy selves, and right the wrongs inflicted by the enemy through our neglect.

  • Craig Roberts

    The only thing worse than a coward under pressure is the armchair tough guy exploiting the tragedy to signal his imaginary virtue.

  • Craig Roberts

    How are all these armchair tough guys and religious finger waggers any different than all the bleeding heart liberals exploiting this to cry for gun control? They are all just using the tragedy as an opportunity to signal their supposed superior virtue. Sanctimony. Sanctimony everywhere.

  • Paul

    Were the outcries of cowardice premature? It’s not looking good stream(dot)org/deputies-told-not-enter-school-fox-reports/

  • Paul

    And here is some more food for thought for everyone who believes the myth that law enforcement officers are all trained up and ready to tackle whatever it is you expect them to:

    stream(dot)org/media-misinformation-arming-teachers/

    “On average, police officers receive 71 hours of firearms instruction in their initial academy training and less than 15 hours per year thereafter. They also get very little real-world experience with firing guns. Contrary to public perception, a 2017 Pew poll found that “only about a quarter (27%) of all officers say they have ever fired their service weapon” in the line of duty. This is significant, because such skills deteriorate over time.”

    Oh and this bit:

    “confronting an active shooter with only one officer is “quite dangerous,” and some police “departments require that officers wait until a certain number of officers have arrived” before entering an active shooting scene.”

    As has been asked before, what exactly was Petersons training? Did he follow his training or hide like a coward as his boss so quickly stated. What was surprising is how quickly the Sheriff threw him under the bus and so many others piled on before knowing the facts.

    • Chip Crawford

      They are saying now that Officer Peterson and the others who came along were given the command to secure the perimeter. The procedure on the books is to go in asap, but was changed by a senior officer.

      • Paul

        Yes, I’ve heard that as well, also something about a requirement to have a body camera on. I hope the truth comes out but even the Sheriff seems like he’s in CYA mode.

        • Chip Crawford

          I know; it’s so bad.

  • darrel bruns

    Awesome I’ve thought this for years. Glad you put it in words.

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