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Parkland School Shooting: People saw something and repeatedly said something, to no avail

Parkland School Shooting: People saw something and repeatedly said something, to no avail

Dozens of Red Flags Ignored.

We recently noted that the FBI dropped the ball on the Parkland shooter, having received a very specific and explicit warning about Nikolas Cruz in early January 2018. That warning, including that Cruz was a potential school shooter, was ignored by the FBI.

Yet the more we learn about everything that came before the attack, the worse it gets. There were so many red flags.

Mandy Mayfield of the Washington Examiner reports that law enforcement got multiple calls about the shooter:

Sheriff says office received 20 calls about Florida shooter over last few years

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday that his office found that it had received approximately 20 calls related to Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected of carrying out Florida’s deadliest high school shooting that left 17 people dead.

“We have uncovered at the Broward Sheriff’s Office that we’ve had approximately 20 calls for service over the last few years regarding the killer,” Israel told reporters. “Every one of these calls for service will be looked at and scrutinized.”

“If we find out, like in any investigation, that one of our deputies or call-takers could have done something better or was remiss, I’ll handle it accordingly,” he added.

Haris Alic of the Washington Free Beacon goes back even further:

Report: Police Were Called to Suspected Florida Shooter’s Home 39 Times Over 7 Years

Police were called to the home of Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, on 39 occasions over a seven-year period, according to a new report.

Cruz, a resident of Broward County, Florida, had long been on the community’s radar as a troubled student who showed signs of mental illness and depression, CNN reported Friday.

Little is known about Cruz—who authorities charged with killing 17 people at his former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, this week—apart from what the media and law enforcement have been able to gauge from his social media presence and stories from acquaintances. Cruz’s adoptive father died years ago, and his adoptive mother died in November after battling pneumonia, leaving him in the care of a local neighbor.

People in the school system knew the shooter was a threat and did what they could to take action.

Bob Norman of ABC 10 in Florida reports:

School considered shooting suspect potential ‘threat’ year before massacre

Administrators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recommended back in January 2017 that the school board conduct a “threat assessment” on Nikolas Cruz to determine if he was a danger to the school and its students, according to documents exclusively obtained by Local 10 News.

A copy of Cruz’s discipline summary shows that Cruz was involved in an assault at the school on Jan. 19, 2017, less than three weeks before he was transferred out of the school. It was on that date that the school put in a referral for the threat assessment on Cruz, who now faces 17 counts of premeditated murder for firing an AR-15 rifle at the high school on Valentine’s Day.

It’s not known at this time what the result of the assessment was, or even if the school board conducted it, as board spokeswoman Tracy Clarke said she couldn’t answer those questions, citing student privacy.

In addition to making threatening comments on a YouTube video, the shooter cut himself on the social media site Snapchat in 2016. The Sun Sentinel reports:

Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows

Nikolas Cruz cut his arms on Snapchat and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before he was accused of killing 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida, records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show.

The incident on the digital social network prompted an investigation by sheriff’s deputies and adult welfare investigators from the Department of Children & Family Services.

The documents provide further evidence that Cruz was a troubled teen who repeatedly went without help before he stalked the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle on Wednesday.

In another stunning example, the FBI acknowledged Friday that it ignored a tip last month that Cruz was at risk of committing a school shooting.

All of this combines to make this horrific shooting even worse.

There were so many chances to prevent it.

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You sound like a crank T-rump supporter. The FBI was doing exactly what it needed to, investigating the clear Russian collusion with T-rump and the massive, (and by massive I mean over ten thousand dollars in identity theft clearly designed to steal the election from Hilary. How can they focus on petty things when the 2016 election is at stake?

For the coffee impaired that’s sarcasm.

    Ragspierre in reply to forksdad. | February 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Let’s not be both stupid and partisan here.

    The FBI field office in this part of Florida has approximately 1000 employees, according to reports I’ve read. Of those, approximately NONE were involved with anything T-rump or Russian.

    The FBI…and every other agency including the school district…failed here to prevent what is very arguably a preventable atrocity.

    That has NOTHING to do with anything extraneous to the event.

    Does it…???

      It goes to the heart of the gun control argument. Leftists tell us that we should all give up our guns and the government will protect us. This incident demonstrates that putting your faith in a big bureaucracy to protect you is misguided; by their nature they’re inefficient.

      But we know that the 2nd Amendment is about more than just personal protection. It’s about the balance of power and giving the people a check against government tyranny. And this is where forksdad’s sarcasm hits the mark; we’re seeing arguably tyrannical behavior from the very federal agency that the left tells us will protect us if we’ll just give up our guns.

      Recent experience tells us they can’t protects us and further they want to abuse their power in pursuit of their political agenda. Pushing to take our guns is either sheer lunacy or downright evil.

      Of course I understand that not every FBI agent is corrupt, but clearly something very, very fishy was going on at both FBI and DOJ under the Obama regime. Anybody who understands what “Chicago style” politics means could have predicted this as soon as Obama announced his campaign for the presidency. Federal law enforcement has a cancer and it needs to be excised quickly before it has a chance to metastasize.

        YellowSnake in reply to Paul. | February 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        Predict when the next mass shooting will occur. I can’t. But I can predict that nothing will have changed and all of the same rationalizations will be trotted out.

          Ah, I see. Facts that you cannot refute but which you dislike are what you call “rationalizations.”

          Here are a few more for you. Evil exists. The government cannot stop evil. Power corrupts. I have a God given right to protect myself and my family.

          YellowSnake in reply to YellowSnake. | February 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

          No, I call rationalizations – rationalizations.

          This is what conservatives find so contemptible in progressive arguments on this topic. Every time something horrible happens you rush out and try to use emotional appeals and try to silence rational discussion on the issue.

          Sorry but no, my discussion of the facts is not a “rationalization” because the fact that I have a God given right to self defense is entirely appropriate. Your attempts to drive public policy based on emotion is what is inappropriate.

          alaskabob in reply to YellowSnake. | February 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          When YellowSnake bites, the victim turns into sheeple.

        Ragspierre in reply to Paul. | February 18, 2018 at 9:04 pm

        You’ve got no argument from me on several of your points.

        But, again, the failures here were legion, and occurred over time. I don’t think you can fairly lay it all on the FBI.

        All that being said, there are proven methods to prevent this kind of atrocity wlile also preserving our civil rights, and we need to implement them.

      forksdad in reply to Ragspierre. | February 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      The FBI failed. Massively. This is not their first failure, given their priorities and obvious incompetence it will not be the last.

      Where they put their focus is the issue. Because in a sane world an agent would have been assigned to look into it. The FBI needs a serious house cleaning.

      alaskabob in reply to Ragspierre. | February 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Rags…

      The push for so long has been to “federalize” everything since the government is the great giver and protector because of the professionals and technocrats that run things. The failure here is part individual but also systemic. 9/11 in part occurred because the doctrine of dealing with hijacking was set in one mold. However, in an era of “see something, say something” this one sticks out. What bothers me is that we are told that the best outcome is more of the same systemic weaknesses. The FBI is still individuals and it takes that one guy or gal to make a difference.

        Ragspierre in reply to alaskabob. | February 18, 2018 at 9:09 pm

        Always true, and, again, I agree.

        As I constantly advocate, problems should be EFFECTIVELY dealt with on the most local level possible.

        One issue here is information-sharing. After the FBI was aware of the threat video, the local LEOs should have had that information within hours, along with the school district. (Assuming they didn’t).

        I hope very much that is one of several reforms we see out of this.

You mean bumper sticker slogans don’t solve problems?

The fbi’s changing stories in this tragedy are very weak. Each day, the nation’s premier law enforcement agency looks more pitiful.

There are only two possible conclusions, here. Either the fbi is incompetent, or they are culpable.

Incompetence starts and flows from the top. The entire leadership of the fbi is faced with figurative photos of themselves and those they mentored with their pants around their ankles looking at child porn.

Or, if they deny incompetence, then they may as well admit culpability. As in “fast and furious,” ANOTHER federal crime agency (atf), at the orders of the Obama administration, broke our laws and got people killed, for the expressed purpose of destroying the 2A. All the “deep state” had to do to enable mass killings was ignore warnings, excuse away red flags, or subtly hobble local LEOs in order to create a cacophony from the lefties to, “do something.”

The purpose and most of players are the same. Only the tactics have changed. And the “gun free” zones continue to serve the left’s purpose as shooting galleries.

Regardless, an absolutely thorough house-cleaning is in order.

“People in the school system knew the shooter was a threat and did what they could to take action.”

I suggest that they did NOT do what they could have done. Armed adults, whether they be teachers, administrators, or cops, is the simple action that provides solid security immediately. Assessments and investigations gather information but they are not “action” that will stop any threat.

Actually, I believe the comment about the FBI too busy investigating a non-existent “collusion” case is true. From the reports, the call to the FBI was to their 800 hotline. That would have been fielded in the Washington DC headquarters and it was never acted upon or forwarded to the Miami office. Whatever faults there may be with the Miami Field Office, this looks like an Headquarters error. Further, given the specificity of the tip, it was a clear violation of SOP not to do anything. The fish is indeed rotten from the head.

I doubt that there is any way to transform the FBI into an infallible force which predicts and prevents homicidal behavior.

The obvious failure in this case—and the one which can be rectified without any radical shakeups of elephantine institutions—is the absurd and deadly concept of “gun-free zones”. The guns are not the problem. Homicidal whackjobs are the problem. Gun-free zones make the world safe for homicidal whackjobs. The weird idea that yet more draconian laws can finally—no, really, this time for sure—conjure functioning “gun-free zones” into being is pure magical thinking. The entire concept is based on a left-wing control-fetish which must be attacked, and attacked again, until it is finally eliminated. Lives depend on it.

FBI Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.
***
Additionally,

FBI Director Christopher Wray said:

“We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public.
***
So, it is not known how many resources were devoted to the investigation on Russian collusion and any effect on how calls from the public are handled.

We didn’t get here because for over a century rifles of this type and functionality were available. We are placing much of faith and trust in governmental agencies to do more and more while at the same time they have proven that they will fail spectacularly or become abusive overlords. News media is now the vangard of political movements abusing constitutional safeguards. Cultural rot is encouraged as if there are no consequences which are abundantly present historically. Repiblics and their democracratic base are more functional with small more cohesive populations. Pericles earned against easy living creating softness of mind and body. As Mark Steyn noted… constitutional rigor is now rigor mortus. It is tempting at these times for many to go the quick fix of bureaucratic dictatorships and their technocratic czars.

There was only ONE action which may have stopped Cruz from committing this, or a similar, act. That was effective security at the point of attack, the school.

Cruz committed no crime which would have resulted in long term incarceration or would have precluded him from purchasing a firearm. He, apparently did not exhibit behavior which would have justified involuntary commitment. In other words, there was nothing that any government entity could do to ensure that Cruz would not commit this type of crime, until he attempted to commit it.

The same people who are now wringing their hands and blaming the FBI wor this incident are the same ones who whine the loudest about government intrusion into the lives of the average citizen. They are the same ones who are screaming about Surveillance-gate, because some members of the Obama Administration surveilled the Trump campaign because they felt that Trump might be a danger to the US [whether he actual is or not is immaterial].

This is not the universe as depicted in the film, the Minority Report, where people can be arrested and/or incarcerated because the MAY commit a crime in the future. In our universe, people have to commit an actual crime, or exhibit mental problems which make them an immediate threat to themselves or others, before their right to liberty can be violated.

If the FBI had interviewed Cruz it might have made a difference. Then again it might not have. It made no difference in the case of the Pulse nightclub shooter. This is just society attempting to fix blame upon other parts of society, so they do not have to actually face the truth. The truth is that there are bad people in the world. And, they will do, or attempt to do, bad things. To protect the liberty that we enjoy in our society, people can not be imprisoned because they MIGHT commit a crime. And, imprisonment, or death, is the only reliable way to stop a person from injuring society. The best way to address the threat of school shootings is to enact protective measures at the point of attack, the school, which will minimize the chances of an attack being successful. But, apparently, few people want to do that. So, the shooting galleries will remain open for business.

    willow in reply to Mac45. | February 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I just read an interesting article by Peter Hitchens who brought up a point that is being overlooked: legal mind altering drugs.

    The USA has always had freely available guns, indeed they used to be more freely available than they are now. It has had schools, and racialist fanatics too, for more than a century. Yet these school massacres are a feature of the modern era.

    And what is new about the modern era? Two things: the widespread use of illegal mind-altering drugs, especially marijuana; and the even more widespread use of legal mind-altering drugs, especially SSRI ‘antidepressants’, but also steroids and ‘ADHD’ drugs……….

    I still don’t understand how to completely secure a school campus with multiple buildings where students walk from building to building and participate in P.E. and sports outside would work. Also, to bring up the point that the FBI did not follow protocol is not to say that we should give up our right to privacy secured by the Constitution. Questioning the kid here would not be an egregious infringement on liberty. The kid was literally screaming, “I am sick in the head.” Now 17 innocent kids are dead.

      I share your suspicion of all the legal drugs pumped into kids by the pharma industry. But you’re way off the mark on marijuana. Have you ever smoked a joint? I can assure you that smoking pot does not make anyone homicidal. Quite the opposite actually.

        YellowSnake in reply to Paul. | February 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        Willow doesn’t care as long as he can blame someone. He also doesn’t care about the civil liberties of people other than himself and other gun owners.

        He has a conjecture – untested. But it relieves him. So look no further.

          I won’t make that accusation about a commenter. The drugs, YS, are a factor, maybe the biggest. I am not going to demonize people who disagree with me about gun control. My view is that people are the problem, not the guns.

          “Willow doesn’t care as long as he can blame someone….”

          In psychology, that’s called “projection.” In other words, you deny that it is you, in fact, who actually doesn’t care about the truth so long as you can blame someone else for your own negative trait.

          This is very common in the neurotic or psychotic in personalities functioning at a primitive level, as in narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder.

          Further, a bully may project his/her own feelings of vulnerability onto the target of the bullying. Despite the fact that a bully’s typically denigrating activities are aimed at the bully’s targets, the true source of such negativity is ultimately almost always found in the bully’s own sense of personal insecurity and/or vulnerability.

          How’s THAT for “see something, say something?”

        willow in reply to Paul. | February 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        I should have used quotes, That was Peter Hitchens. Here is Hitchens:

        The USA has always had freely available guns, indeed they used to be more freely available than they are now. It has had schools, and racialist fanatics too, for more than a century. Yet these school massacres are a feature of the modern era.

        And what is new about the modern era? Two things: the widespread use of illegal mind-altering drugs, especially marijuana; and the even more widespread use of legal mind-altering drugs, especially SSRI ‘antidepressants’, but also steroids and ‘ADHD’ drugs……….

        willow in reply to Paul. | February 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm

        Synthetic marijuana is a different animal. It is becoming a big problem.

      Mac45 in reply to willow. | February 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      “I still don’t understand how to completely secure a school campus with multiple buildings where students walk from building to building and participate in P.E. and sports outside would work.”

      Really? Have you ever seen a military air or naval base? How about a prison? A fence or wall, will stop people from entering or leaving the facility, except at locations that are desirable for security reasons. A wall will eliminate ground level snipers from having a clear field of fire. All it takes is a set of plans and money to secure any facility against most threats.

        willow in reply to Mac45. | February 18, 2018 at 12:35 pm

        I should have included “without making the school into a prison.”

          Mac45 in reply to willow. | February 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

          So, now military bases are “prisons”? How about airports and courthouses? Do you lock your doors when you leave your house? Most people do. Many people lock their doors when they are home, especially if they are enjoying their back yard. Do you live in a gated community, possibly even one with security personnel on-site? Even the Magic Kingdom has entry access, security and fences and walls.

          This idea that the world is a benign place where no security measures have to be taken is delusional. We would all like to live in the Garden of Eden, but that is no longer possible. There are bad people in the world who wish to harm others. And, recognizable threats have to be addressed. Now, statistically, mass shooting at schools is a very rare event. Oh, they get a lot of press, but given the number of schools in this country, the number of such attacks is very, very low. And, local school boards know this and take it into account when allocating money for school security. Fences and walls cost money. Security personnel, both armed and unarmed, cost money. Money that the school system would rather spend in other ways. Everything is hunky-dory until some lunatic walks into a school and shoots the place up. In this case, the Broward County School Board played the odds that no such attack would ever happen. They lost, along with 32 other people and their families and friends. So, if the taxpayers of Broward County were happy with the decisions of the school board not to upgrade security to an effective level, then they should still be happy about. because the school board is the only other entity, other than the gunman, who has any responsibility for this incident.

        alaskabob in reply to Mac45. | February 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm

        There is also the real potential of schools being a terroist target…soft with a whole bunch of patents who will to plead for whatever the terrorists want. I keep on saying “Beslan”. I firmly believe we have Iranian and whomever sleeper cells ready to use this if we ever got into a shooting war with Iran, or North Korea, etc. Go ahead, ban “assault weapons” and stay soft … really soft and watch the clock tick. Foreign policy cannot be pushed without internal security. “Schools as Prisons”… the way the culture has rotted and the risks we face… hardening is needed. It may not stop an incident but can blunt and delay which is already part of military dictum.

    Barry in reply to Mac45. | February 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    “The same people who are now wringing their hands and blaming the FBI wor this incident are the same ones who whine the loudest about government intrusion into the lives of the average citizen.”

    Simply put, bullshit.

    The FBI failed to do its most basic function and they have now admitted to that. Had they done an investigation the outcome is unknown. We all understand there are limits to what they can do.

    They failed to even follow up on the provided information. That is an FBI problem. Others failed, which doesn’t absolve the FBI. Had everyone done everything possible the outcome may have been the same. We’ll never know because they failed to do the basic functions they should have done.

    You are simply trying to absolve the FBI. Even though the FBI admits they failed. By doing so, people like you guarantee the future failure instead of fixing the very real problem that exists.

      Mac45 in reply to Barry. | February 19, 2018 at 11:09 am

      I ask again, exactly what do expect the FBI to do to prevent these types of attacks. They interviewed the Pulse Nightclub shooter and that did nothing to stop him. Unless one of these people commits a federal crime for which they can be incarcerated and are adjudged guilty and, in fact, incarcerated, nothing can be done to them. The FBI could conduct around the clock surveillance of the person and arrest him as he is walking toward the school with a firearm. That is essentially what happened with the Trump Campaign surveillance. Some members of the FBI felt that trump was a danger to this country [no evidence of criminal activity was ever produced] so the agency surveilled the campaign. half the nation now has their knickers in a twist over this, and rightly so. But, a goodly portion of that same group now seems to think that a person’s right to liberty should be curtailed before he has made any attempt to commit a crime. They seem to want everyone who has ever seen a psychologist or psychiatrist or has ever made any type of threat or even owns a firearm, should be denied the right to own or possess weapons, because that person MIGHT be a threat to others at sometime in the future.

      This could have been prevented if the Broward County School Board had simply put effective security measures in place to harden the school. It didn’t and chil;ren and adults died. But. let’s all blame the FBI. It is so much easier than actually doing something that will likely protect these institutions.

        mailman in reply to Mac45. | February 20, 2018 at 3:48 am

        I guess its too much to expect the 5 Jan warning to actually be investigated eh? That could have been a very good point to nip this issue in the bud. Sadly we will never know because that warning never got to where it needed to go.

There were so many failures to go around in this tragedy. The biggest? Broward County Sheriff’s Office was called to this murderer’s home 39 times!!! Broward County Sheriff’s Office major FAIL.

    SDN in reply to Dave. | February 18, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    And if the cops had arrested him, the howls of “profiling” and “guilty of being Hispanic” would have been immediate —- mostly from the same people who don’t want President Trump to keep jihadis and MS-13 out.

    Mac45 in reply to Dave. | February 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Again, what do you expect the Sheriff’s office to do? Unless Cruz violated the law he could not arrested. Unless he was an IMMEDIATE threat to himself or others he could not be involuntarily held for psychiatric examination.

    This blaming LEAs for this is lazy. If you want to balme anyone, blame the people responsible for the school, the school board. They are the ones who decided NOT to provide effective security at that facility.

    Valerie in reply to willow. | February 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the link.

    I am concerned about the echoing silence in our media about the role of prescription drugs in crimes, particularly violent crimes. Granted, information about prescription drug use and toxicology reports are not immediately available, but the names of the drugs do not show up later, either.

    Psychoactive prescription drugs have side effects, including suicidal ideation and violent tendencies. In addition, some psychological states inherently tend toward violence. Sometimes they dissipate. Sometimes they get worse.

    Further, prescription of psychoactive prescription drugs tends to be hit-or-miss because prescriptions are usually based on questionnaires about symptoms rather than actual data about brain function such as SPECT analysis (admittedly only about 30 years old).

    Finally, we have entities operating in this country that are busy selling violence. While today’s big “news” is that the Russians are sowing discord, other groups including ISIS, ANTIFA, and the Democratic Party at the national level (Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, and the DNC, I am looking at every one of you) have been openly soliciting violence.

    If we let these last succeed in breaking our social compact, it won’t be just the crazies doing the killing. We will get the kind of Revolution they are asking for, and it will not be an election. It is high time to cool the irresponsible rhetoric, most especially from our politicians.

    Part of the cure is eye bleach.

    Political eye bleach. The _Donald at Reddit is fascinating to me because it is a big crowd of people engaged in re-knitting our social compact. This is a successor to our Committees of Correspondence.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6zjwrc/this_subreddit_is_the_eye_bleach_i_never_knew_i/

    eye bleach in the broader sense

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Eyebleach/

      willow in reply to Valerie. | February 18, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you for your response. I agree about the danger of echoing any premise. Prescription drugs are necessary for some people. I have a part-time in the field of mental health and monitor med administration. What struck me about the Hitchens article is the correlation to shooters and mind-altering drugs. If a low percentage of people have negative effects, that is a heckuva big number considering the millions of medicated people. Concerning Trump, I am glad to see the media et al overplaying their hands. The more of a joke, the better. The idea of ignoring a true threat for political purposes is not a joke. This Cruz kid did not look like he had any kind of agenda. He blatantly called himself a wanna be school shooter. It was almost like he did everything to get on a list. Now parents face a lifetime of pain and sorrow. Did you see where one parent was excoriated because he had a Trump T-short or something on when interviewed?

You people are obsessive and insane. You do everything to avoid the obvious. If “Police Were Called to Suspected Florida Shooter’s Home 39 Times Over 7 Years”, what did the State & Local Police do? Aren’t they the 1st line of defense? Why do you attacxh the Feds? Oh, you need to blame the Feds because of the Grifter in Chief.

Fine, I think we should harness this new attitude of the gun rights movement. Scour social media for anyone with pictures of guns and any statement that seems threatening. Visit every single person that anyone has ever made a complaint against and anyone ‘who says weird things’ or saw a mental health worker. No second guessing allowed. Use your time machine.

This incident did not happen in a vacuum. This incident was not isolated. There are plenty others like Cruz out there. It is only a matter of months until the next incident.

Let the purge begin!

The NRA has done such a good job of making sure that there are no laws that would allow the police to take away the guns of someone without a criminal history that the police need the benefit of a time machine.

The intellectual dishonesty is breathtaking. The logic would make a sophist smile. Then coordinate across all platforms. From website to Fox News to talk radio let the bull sheet ring out!

    “The intellectual dishonesty is breathtaking. ”

    You’re certainly a dishonest commie, you got that right.

    Intellectual? No, not a smidgen. You’re dumber than a brick.

      YellowSnake in reply to Barry. | February 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Oh, Barry! You are not smart enough to be intellectually dishonest.

        A commie brick for brains speaks.

        Go peddle your horseshit where people dumber than bricks will be impressed.

        You are an intellectual vacuum.

        G. de La Hoya in reply to YellowSnake. | February 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm

        Talk about unhinged. Gotta say the bolding of words gives off the persona that you got some bada$$ street cred or something. Got me wondering if you hold your handgun sideways. Why is Eric Holder a racist? 🙂

    The rebuttal to your rant is the entire 1st paragraph of this post: “We recently noted that the FBI dropped the ball on the Parkland shooter, having a received a very specific and explicit warning about Nikolas Cruz in early January 2018. That warning, including that Cruz was a potential school shooter, was ignored by the FBI.”

    Thanks for playing, Miss pastel-colored snek.

    “You people are obsessive and insane…”

    Again, you are projecting:

    In psychology, that’s called “projection.” In other words, you deny that it is you, in fact, who actually doesn’t care about the truth so long as you can blame someone else for your own negative trait.

    regulus arcturus in reply to YellowSnake. | February 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    When federal law enforcement fails yet again, you resort to attacking NRA, who has nothing whatsoever to do with this shooting.

    Slay that NRA strawman, asshat.

    Your federal heroes are grossly incompetent, and now likely legally on the hook.

    Colonel Travis in reply to YellowSnake. | February 18, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    “The NRA has done such a good job of making sure that there are no laws that would allow the police to take away the guns of someone without a criminal history….”

    Ah, no. You can blame that darn Constitution. Not the NRA, which has spent a grand total of $200 million on lobbying and candidates since 1998, compared to, say, almost $2 billion by Big Labor for 2016 alone. Do I need to type that again so you’ll understand? Unions spent 5 times as much in one election cycle than the NRA has in 20 years. Almost all gun owners in America don’t even belong to the NRA. Did you know this? Nope. Weren’t you the clown up above who said “Willow doesn’t care as long as he can blame someone”?

    You can’t even follow your own rules, Mr. I Don’t Blame Anyone.
    You argue like a child.
    You type in bold like you think it’s going to make your impossibly-dumb arguments brilliant, when all it does is cause us to imagine you’re banging on your keyboard so hard you’ve broken half the letters.

    Nice meltdown in the comments, Yellow.

    Trolling. You’re doing it wrong.

    Jack Klompus in reply to YellowSnake. | February 18, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Shove your knotted panties down your putrid pie hole, you sniveling little twit.

    And YellowSnot responds as predicted.

    “And if the cops had arrested him, the howls of “profiling” and “guilty of being Hispanic” would have been immediate —- mostly from the same people who don’t want President Trump to keep jihadis and MS-13 out.”

A very good post, Mike LaChance. It highlights many of the same red flag fiascos I wrote recently, but until now, I was unaware of the ‘in January 2017 that the school board conduct a “threat assessment” information.

Good job & thank you.

regulus arcturus | February 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm

See something, say something, do nothing.

Federal Bureau of Incompetence.

See something, say something.

OK, FBI:

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343570-trump-slams-sessions-for-weak-position-on-hillary-clinton-crimes

“We have met the enemy and he is us” ~ Walt Kelly as voiced by Pogo.

It wasn’t the video games. It wasn’t the gun. It wasn’t the FBI. It wasn’t fluoride in the water. It was us.

“PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.

Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in neglectful and often abusive state institutions, sometimes for years on end.”

https://www.usatoday.com/st

“Few anticipated how quickly President Kennedy’s aspiration of reducing the institutional population by half would be realized. By 1980, the inpatient population at public psychiatric hospitals had declined by 75%. In 2000, approximately 55,000 remained in these institutions, representing less than 10% of those institutionalized just fifty years prior. The shift was especially pronounced among children and youth: by 2009, the institutionalized population had declined by 98%.”

https://www.ymadvocacy.org/

Pull your heads out of your donkeys, disband the circular firing squads and pay attention. We did it to ourselves.

Hey, but Mueller the FBI guy is still looking to charge the president because someone said something.

This kind of institutional failure is inevitable in government. Just ask Warren Meyer over at Coyote Blog. All government agencies tend towards a default attitude of “do as little as possible”, since there is no benefit to the employees for taking action. Add a concerted program by the guy at the top (Obama) to hire and promote based on progressive ideology and this is the FBI you get. I would go so far as to accuse the progressives at the FBI of being ok with people dying through such inaction if it will help score political victories afterwards. Reputational damage accrues to the institution, but why should they care? That’s likely a bonus if you’re a progressive, and it won’t accrue to the individual agents involved because nobody is releasing their names.

Give the FBI a break. They were busy serving as “useful idiots” for the Russians and sending their mistresses thousands of text messages. Then you have special agents, like CNN’s new Pajama Boy, who are never going to face danger or investigate anything but are merely pencil pushers.

Even when you see something, say something, and prosecutors DO something, it doesn’t work.

Case in point:

20 Year-old Graciela Paulino randomly shoots and kills Marc Devoe, 34,, then brags about it on Facebook. She was once charge with an illegal firearm violation, but the charges were….’dismissed.’ So she was set free to commit a gun crime again, ending in murder. Tell THAT to your local hollywood idiot:

“In July 2017, she was charged with resisting arrest, possession of a Class D drug, assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct. She also faced several charges stemming from an incident on Oct. 31, 2015, including illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, but those charges were dismissed, according to the Lowell District Court clerk’s office.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/18/massachusetts-woman-accused-fatally-shooting-driver-for-cutting-her-off.html

    The answer: rescue our society from the leftists and their useful idiots have have warped it.

    Chaos has always been the left’s goal, so a police state is formed. Their next plan is to get elected in it. Considering the likes of McConnell and Ryan are the opposition, it was a great plan – till Donald J. Trump.

    What hillary klinton had in mind for our nation should give you the chills.

    LOCK. HER. UP.

    Most likely due to the sex of the defendant. Women get charges dismissed and slap on the wrist sentences much more often than men do. The correlation between outcome and sex is much higher than it is for race.

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