I Spoke With A Family Friend, And Former Law Enforcement Officer, In Order To Gain Insight On The Recent Carnage
Start writing a post

I Spoke With A Family Friend, And Former Law Enforcement Officer, In Order To Gain Insight On The Recent Carnage

Interview in regards to the recent school shootings.

I Spoke With A Family Friend, And Former Law Enforcement Officer, In Order To Gain Insight On The Recent Carnage
Matt Popovich

Recently, I was enrolled in an Intro to Journalism class here at SNHU. Throughout the course, we built up towards our final project, which would consist of an article in which we interviewed someone. The caveat; it needed to be someone that was newsworthy.

With that in mind, I figured that my usual movie review would not be a topic that was really newsworthy or worth speaking with someone about, at least not in the sense that the course was looking for.

Thus I reflected on the various podcasts I listen to while at work, and many, at the time of this assignment, were focused on the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Typically, these sorts of scenarios lend themselves to the debate of gun control vs. Second Amendment rights. Initially, I thought that was how I should frame my article. However, my professor advised me not to approach the subject under that guise.

I did approach the subject with my interviewee simply so that I could possibly gain more insight on the subject. However, the conversation evolved naturally on its own and found itself on the subject of school shootings organically. And therefore, the article never goes into that debate.

My interview was with a family friend, who has served in law enforcement and currently works night security. He has worked with guns for the majority of his life, and I felt his opinion was one of relevance for several reasons.

To begin, he has more respect for guns than the general public does and he understands how to handle them on a deeper level.

During the interview (a detail that didn’t fit within the narrative of the article) he admitted that there is vigorous training that an officer goes through, something that the average person cannot really understand unless they too went through it. It is for that reason I wanted to hear his thoughts; that, and because an officer’s (or former officer in this case) opinion is one that is seldom heard in regard to this subject. And I sought to change that.

With that in mind, I want to add the disclaimer that I am not dis-sensitive to the tragedy that these shootings create. I was seeking to bring a voice to a demographic that I believe is ignored, and I was seeking a better understanding myself, hoping to bring a clarity to those also seeking the same. I know this is a sensitive subject, and I do not take that lightly.

Additionally, this is not the interview in its entirety. We spoke for little over an hour. However, for the basis of the class, this was the narrative that made sense for the assignment. This is the article in its entirety, however, it holds the nature of the interview within its entirety, and the message is summed up in the articles closing. Unfortunately, these events occur. This is just one person’s thoughts on how the carnage could be limited.

For respect to my family friend, his name is being withheld from this article. With that, here is my article:

Retired NYPD officer 'John Doe,' who now works night security throughout Long Island, New York, opened up about the current atmosphere involving school shootings.

“And all you can do is limit the carnage…you can’t stop it.”

'Doe' took the test to become an officer just after high school and spent his days patrolling. He acted as a first respondent to various 911 one calls.

His day to day saw providing assistance with car accidents, pregnancies and in some cases, shootings.

With regards to the current school shootings, he expressed “I don’t know what the answer is… [but] I personally think every school should have armed guards in there.”

The reason schools tend to be targeted for these attacks, he stated, is because it is illegal to carry a gun in a school unless you’re security or an on-duty officer and have a reason for it. Even despite being a retired officer, 'Doe' is not allowed to enter his child’s school with his gun on person.

It is considered a crime to be armed on school grounds unless you’re law enforcement, and one needs to be 1000ft away from the school if their gun is on them. The exception to being a licensed carrier while on a school is that the gun needs to remain in the car, unloaded and locked in the glove compartment or another locked container.

“I said this since the first school shooting, there should be one or two guys walking around in a school, getting paid with a gun in their pocket… [but] that’s why they target schools, nobody’s got a gun in a school.”

The solution to these mass shootings in not something that is easy to answer. Banning certain guns doesn’t stop someone from causing the same carnage with another.

Perhaps increased security is a step in the right direction. As 'Doe' states, “a good guy is going to stop a bad guy.”

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments