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Jacksonville Sheriff: The Problem Is the Individual, Not the Gun

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters made clear his position that guns are not bad, but some individuals are.

Waters said this the day after a suspect in his 20s allegedly opened fire in a Jacksonville Dollar General store, killing three people.

In a video posted by Breaking 911, Waters said, “The Story’s always about guns. People are bad; this guy’s a bad guy. [But] if I take my gun off right now and lay it on this counter, nothing will happen. It’ll sit there — but as soon as wicked person grabs ahold of that handgun and starts shooting people with it — there’s the problem.”

The suspect in the shooting was allegedly armed with a handgun, which Waters used in his example, and an AR-15-style rifle. Police have yet to clarify which gun he used in the attack.

The suspect apparently took his own life after shooting the three individuals.


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