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Broward county sheriff Scott Israel

Broward county sheriff Scott Israel went off on the National Riffle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch during the CNN town hall Wednesday.

“I understand that you’re standing up for the NRA,” he began. “And I understand that’s what you’re supposed to do. But you just told this group of people that you’re standing up for them. You’re not standing up for them until you say ‘I want less weapons.'”

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He touted his 39 years in law enforcement before telling Loesch, “we know how to keep America safe,” he said. He said that he along with the people in the audience want three things.

First, he said that the residents of Parkland “want guns out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness.” Second, Israel said that they would like if the Baker Act could be expanded. The law allows law enforcement, doctors or other health professionals or judges to do an involuntary examination of someone who might be a mentally ill person if they are a threat to themselves or others.

Finally, Israel said that someone shouldn’t have to wait until someone is a danger to themselves or someone else. He said that they should have the ability to work with them long before it reaches a crisis point.

He continued to call BS on Loesch over and over again.

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