During a press conference on Friday morning, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods noted that despite numerous gun laws in place, they have failed to prevent criminals from obtaining guns.
While the media focused on guns, Woods consistently redirected the attention toward the individuals involved.
“Some of you media want to blame the one thing that has no ability or the capacity to commit the crime itself, and that’s the gun. These individuals committed the crime,” Sheriff Woods stated.
When asked by a member of the press how the suspects obtained a gun, the sheriff responded, “Car burglaries.”
“All the gun laws we’ve got in place didn’t prevent it, did it? Neither will any new ones. Here’s the fact: the bad guy’s gonna get a gun no matter what law you have in place,” he added.
At the end of the press conference, Sheriff Woods reiterated the importance of holding teenagers accountable.
“Our school districts, not just here…school districts across this state and across this nation need to quit minimizing the actions of their students. Hold them accountable. That’s where the failure is,” he said.