For more than 10 years, Walton County Sheriff deputies have been assigned to public middle and high schools. They are called School Resource Deputies (SRDs). I have known three who have served at South Walton High School since it opened.

Each has been a positive role model, a friend to students, and a help in maintaining discipline. If the program is extended to elementary schools I would gladly pay a few more tax dollars.

I do not, however, want the SRD to have to charge into a classroom and face an intruder armed with a military-style semi-automatic weapon with a 30 or 100 round clip of ammunition. For 10 years such weapons were banned. 

Had our Congress re-enacted that law the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter would not have been able to purchase one, her son would not have access to it and some of the 20 children and six teachers might be alive today.

I am ashamed my congressman Jeff Miller and my Sen. Rubio support the gun manufacturer’s lobby rather than our children and our law enforcement officers.


John Stratton

Santa Rosa Beach