The debate following the deadly Florida school shooting rages on, which is to be expected any time that many people senselessly lose their lives. And as is always the case following a tragedy such as this, the media and others begin screaming about increased gun control measures.
In the days following the shooting, the NRA and its spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, have received a ton of criticism, essentially blaming them for the shooting of the 17 people in that Florida school. Businesses have also begun ending discounts for members of the NRA. Listen, that’s perfectly acceptable. Private businesses have the right to do whatever they please. But let’s remember, we also have the right to patronize other businesses, as well.
First, the FBI admitted that they ignored a Jan. 5th tip about Nikolas Cruz and they did absolutely nothing about the situation.
However, the most interesting developments since the shooting have to be the failures on the part of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
First, we learned there were repeated calls made about Nikolas Cruz and his odd and disturbing behavior. What happened? Nothing. Then we heard about at least one and as many as possibly four Broward County deputies failed to enter the school when the shooting was taking place.
But, for whatever reason, the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel seems not to be able to grasp the basic concept of the word leadership.
In the above clip, Sheriff Israel mentions that he is not ultimately responsible for an individual’s actions. That he had done everything possible to prepare that so and so was ready for the fight, but if they choose not to go in, well hey, that ain’t my fault.
No sir, leadership is standing up and taking responsibility for the successes or failures of an organization. Leadership is stepping up and admitting failures, whether they be yours or not. Leadership isn’t using the NRA as a scapegoat for your failures. It’s being man or woman enough to admit when your organization failed and accepting the consequences whatever they may be.
If a company falters, loses stockholders’ money, it’s the CEO who ultimately pays the price, usually with his or her job. If the country isn’t performing at a level that the electorate believes it should be, a change in leadership in the White House is made.
Point is sir, taking responsibility for the actions of those beneath you is what leadership is all about. The voters elected you to do a job, to carry out those duties and it appears that you failed them miserably. To act as if you have absolutely no responsibility in this ugly, devastating outcome is incredibly absurd and appalling.
"Of course I won't resign," says Sheriff Scott Israel, after Florida state representative sends letter to Gov. Rick Scott calling for Israel's removal for "neglect of duty and incompetence" #CNNSOTU https://t.co/tQ0ai2G92p
— CNN (@CNN) February 25, 2018
Why you continue to refuse say that you’ve provided excellent leadership and refuses to resign is baffling.
What happened in Florida that day was horrible, ugly and awful. There is still plenty of healing and pain to come in the coming days.
There are certainly legislative solutions that could and should happen. People must learn from their mistakes and failures in this case in order to hope this doesn’t happen again in the future.
However, responsibility for those failures and mistakes must be taken and a big part of that healing process is for Broward County Sheriff Israel to step down.