Report: Parkland Shooter Paused Five Times, Unarmed Bystanders Powerless to Intervene

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

News coming out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission indicates the February 14 gunman paused five times to reload but no one was armed to intervene.

In other words, unarmed teachers were at the gunman’s mercy at all times.

On November 21, 2018, Breitbart News reported that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, head of the investigation into the Parkland shooting, made clear that this finding has ended his opposition to armed teachers. The Associated Press quoted Gualtieri saying, “People need to keep an open mind to it as the reality is that if someone else in that school had a gun it could have saved kids’ lives.”

The discovery that the gunman was able to stop and reload five times during the attack without facing armed resistance makes the larger point that size of magazines, etc., are not a crucial factor in an attack. The most critical factor is the element of time. And when the attacker is the only one with a gun he has all the time in the world on his side.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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