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Laker Legend Has a Solution to Curb Gun Violence

Shaquille O'Neal, an honorary officer himself, thinks a ban on guns is the wrong idea.


LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) - A Laker legend feels he has the solution to end school shootings.

Shaquille O'Neal, an honorary officer himself, thinks that police need more funding and he isn't in favor of a ban on guns.

Shaq says he would like to see more police officers in schools, inner cities and private schools.

O'Neal, who has a home near Orlando said the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- which resulted in 17 deaths -- touched him close to home.

O'Neal is a longtime friend of the police and outspoken on police rights. He is running for sheriff in Georgia in 2020.

Shaq's answer to school shootings is to make schools safer by placing cops around them, but not by banning guns.

"The government should give law enforcement more money," he said on WABC Radio on Wednesday, via ESPN. "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'Neal points out that the prevalence of weapons already on the street would make a ban counterproductive, and allow the black market to thrive.

For him, the guns aren't the problem. It’s the wrong people carrying them.