NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has a solution to gun violence in schools — and it doesn’t involve arming teachers like President Donald Trump espoused.
Yet that doesn’t mean he’s in favor of banning guns altogether. In fact, he said that would only create more problems.
“The only problem with that is, there’s 15 million of ’em out there already on the streets,” he tells 77 WABC’s “Curtis + Cosby” Wednesday, March 14. “And then another problem is if you ban ’em, then you gonna create an underground market, and the gun collectors, you know, it’s gonna become more valuable.
“I just think — I think the quick fix now [is] the government should give law enforcement more money,” the Fort Lauderdale resident who lives nearby the Parkland, Fla. school where 17 were killed a month ago continues. “Give more money, you recruit more people and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools.”
O’Neil, who is a reserve officer in South Florida, added guns would “become a collectors’ item” with prices more than doubling once they’re sold underground.
He also said that as someone who grew up on a military base with a police presence, “there weren’t many 3 p.m. fights,” lending credit to his solution for school shootings.