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Anthony Borges

I wager the media will give little coverage to this hero of the Florida school shooting:

A student who was gravely wounded after being shot five times while shielding classmates during the Florida high school shooting in February criticized the county sheriff and school superintendent Friday saying they failed the victims by not arresting the shooter before the massacre.

Anthony Borges, 15, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was hailed a hero after he used his body to protect the lives of 20 others students after accused gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people.

He was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering wounds to the lungs, abdomen and legs.

Borges’ attorney read a statement from the teen during a news conference criticizing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie for the massacre.  Borges, too weak to talk, sat silently in a wheelchair with his right leg propped up. His statement specifically attacked the Promise program, a school district and sheriff office initiative that allows students who commit minor crimes on campus to avoid arrest if they complete rehabilitation. Runcie has said Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, was never in the program, but Borges and his attorney, Alex Arreaza, said school and sheriff’s officials knew Cruz was dangerous.

 

Go here to read the rest.  In the case of the Florida school shooting the hue and cry for gun control has largely served the purpose of detracting attention from the dreadful malfeasance and nonfeasance of the Broward County Sheriff’s office that ignored the manifest threat posed by the shooter, allowed 17 people to be murdered during the shooting by going deer in the headlights during the shooting and did their worst to cover up the truth after the shooting.  The moral of this story is that if you rely upon government to protect you  from domestic shooters, you are a complete fool.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

9 Comments

  1. They conspired with the school to cover up known crimes, so that both could materially profit.

    Which, to be honest, I’ve been yelling about since about day 2 when it became clear that they were throwing people under the bus left and right. (Remember how the school resource officer was “hiding in the parking lot” according to the sheriff, but when the video came out he was next to the school, and if he knew the shooter was inside he really wanted to be shot in the back of the head. Incidentally, if he had not resigned it would’ve meant risking his retirement. Take a wild guess who would be running the investigation– Mr. “my re-election was funded by not arresting known criminals who were enrolled in school.”)

    There is a lot of problems going around, but dang do I wish this guy’s family good luck with their lawsuit.
    Too bad we can’t get the prior admin’s Justice department planners, too.

  2. The manner in which Nikolaus Cruz was handled is about what you’d expect of people who confuse law enforcement with social work (which has long been routine in re juvenile offenders). None of this requires the intervention of federal officials, who, if anything make things worse. The local Sheriff should be among those vociferously pushing back. He was, instead, a cog in the social-work dither machine.

  3. Interesting plea, Philip– but I wish the guy had done the research to find out that a big chunk of the protesters were Baby Boomers. (Average age was 49, 10% at most were minors. Figure the usual paid college age protesters into that, and you’ve got a LOT of grandparents.)

    The line about tweeting was also gratuitous.

    Maybe it will get through to folks– I’m hardly the target audience, and the thing that makes my hackles go up about it might make it more effective for the activist twits.

  4. I just keep looking at that kid…makes my heart hurt.

    His family got here, legally, from Venezuela just a couple of years ago. He’s a kid. And he did more to stop this than the feckless sheriff or the school, who didn’t even make it so they could barricade the door effectively. (Given the policy about covering up crimes, that would be a sane choice…if it wasn’t an unsecured, gun-free zone.)

  5. 1946 -1964 baby boomer classification.
    He IS a boomer that did walk the walk, and his plea, amusing for some I suppose, is that change comes at a cost. Free love and promiscuity equates to a freedom which in slaves spirit and soul, and opening the doorway for mass killings of innocent babies.

    Are you speaking of the recent march? Average age 49 in the March for our Lives? If so, I do get your point. The children are just pawns for the liberial camp to get their wish. Gun confiscation ultimately.

    I realize your not the target audience however the hope behind my linking his plea is that his message might get to the children prior to April 20…. including the 49 year old children.

  6. Are you speaking of the recent march? Average age 49 in the March for our Lives?
    Yep.
    They had everything set up and ready to roll as soon as they had an Incident.

  7. The adults who protested were following the Rahm Emmanuel playbook: “Never let a crisis go to waste”.

  8. “Borges’ attorney read a statement from the teen during a news conference criticizing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie for the massacre…”
    Good. Go get em.

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