Few who have ever listened to him can doubt Sheriff Grady Judd’s power of persuasion. That was evident last month. In the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which ended with the murders of 14 students and three faculty members, the debate over school safety was largely dominated by those who insisted that the preferred method of protecting children involved stripping people of their constitutionally protected gun rights. Judd, however, was not one of them. And he used his perch as a member of the special task force assigned to investigate the shooting by former Gov. Rick Scott to argue that school personnel, including classroom teachers, must have a fighting chance in such incidents.

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