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Florida Sheriff Hits Back at Gun Control Rhetoric After Murders

After the arrests of two juveniles, one of whom is only 12 years old, in connection with the recent killings of three teenagers in Florida, the sheriff of Marion County, Billy Woods reportedly took to social media on Friday to criticize “society,” “school districts,” and the rhetoric surrounding gun control.

Woods made his comments after announcing the arrests of the juveniles for murder.

At the news conference, Woods stated that the office of the attorney general is now considering whether or not to charge all three suspects as adults despite the fact that a third juvenile suspect is still at large.

Layla Silvernail, 16, Camille Quarles, also 16, and an unidentified male victim, age 17, were all shot to death on or around March 30 in a remote area of Marion County, and the suspects are suspected of carrying out the shootings.

Woods said to the reporters that he was required to “look into the eyes” of the suspects’ moms and tell them their sons had committed crimes.

The sheriff also voiced his disapproval toward members of the media and other individuals who pointed the finger of blame at firearms following a shooting.

“There are individuals out there viewing … who 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.” Woods said.

Woods continued: “[t]he bad guy’s going to get a gun no matter what laws you put in place.”

Woods then claimed that society and schools shared a significant amount of blame for the fact that juveniles were not held accountable for their misdeeds.

According to Woods, the suspects in the triple killing were involved in a burglary and robbery ring and obtained their guns from automobiles. These crimes occurred before the murders.

According to the sheriff, the suspects and the deceased were all present in the car driven by Silvernail at the time of the victims’ deaths. According to the authorities, all three victims appear to have been shot at the same moment.

Quarles, who was 16 years old at the time, was found dead from a gunshot wound in Silvernail’s vehicle after the authorities obtained a search warrant and conducted a search of the vehicle.

Woods stated that the individuals who were caught admitted to shooting Quarles while she was in the vehicle.

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