On Tuesday, a North Texas man proudly posted a letter from his local sheriff to his deputies containing instructions that were, in every way, the opposite of what transpired in Parkland, Florida. Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree bluntly told his deputies, “We do not take cover in a parking lot.” His full statement read:
With the recent tragedy in Florida, I wanted to make clear my policy on responding to an active shooter. All commissioned Deputies, if you respond to an active shooter you are expected to take immediate action. We do not stage and wait for SWAT, we do not take cover in a parking lot, and we do not wait for another agency. We go in and do our duty. We go in to engage and stop the shooter and save lives. If for any reason you feel you cannot follow this directive please inform your supervisor and we will work to get you reassigned.
Below that Murphree quoted Romans 3:4: "For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer."
Murphree’s attitude was praised on Twitter:
It should be noted: