Posted on 2/16/2018, 1:58:07 PM by EyesOfTX
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While advocates on both sides of the largely-irrelevant gun control issue are talking past one another every hour on the hour on all the cable TV networks, one way to really, truly improve on the current system for preventing such acts in the future is becoming crystal clear: The FBI must be removed from the equation.
First, let’s look at this killer’s background:
– Law enforcement had had to be called to his home an almost unbelievable 39 times during the four years leading up to Wednesday’s act of mass murder; – He was well known by family, friends, fellow students and teachers to be prone to violence; – He had in fact been expelled from school for acts of and threats of violence; – He had been in and out of at least one mental institution; – He had been under the care of a psychiatrist and had been taking anti-psychotic medications.
In spite of all of those things and more, this 19 year-old who could not purchase a beer at the corner 7-11 managed to pass the FBI background check to legally purchase a semi-automatic rifle from a local gun dealer. Apparently, all that violent behavior and mental health issues raised no red flags with the nation’s “premier law enforcement agency,” which the FBI loves to call itself.
But that’s not all, oh, no.
On Thursday we find out that the FBI was actually informed about this kid way back in September, when he posted terroristic threats in a comment linked to a YouTube video. A concerned citizen reported these threats, along with the kid’s unusually-spelled name, but the FBI claims it was unable to identify the kid, because “No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time location or the true identity of the person who made the comment,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Lasky during a news conference.
Wait, what? Why not? After all, the shooter used his real, oddly-spelled name when leaving the comment. How many people in America use that exact spelling and have the same last name? A dozen? Is that too many to cull through for the nation’s “premier law enforcement agency?”
But set the oddly-spelled name aside. Why couldn’t the nation’s “premier law enforcement agency” trace the IP address of the computer from which that comment was posted? There are probably a million Millennial males living in their grandmother’s basements right now who could have done that in about 2 minutes. But the nation’s “premier law enforcement agency” couldn’t manage it, or more likely couldn’t be bothered to deal with the matter. After all, the nation’s “premier law enforcement agency” was far too preoccupied with framing General Mike Flynn and trying to dummy up a fake case against a sitting President of the United States to allocate any real time to trying to prevent something as menial as a potential mass murder.
Now today, we discover that the FBI was notified about this mentally ill, violent potential killer yet again, this time on January 5. How do we know that? Well, from the FBI’s own damn statement on the matter, which was issued Friday morning:
FBI Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.
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.
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. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly.
“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it.”
My God, how much more evidence of the FBI’s utter and complete incompetence, it’s utter and complete lack of interest in preventing such mass murders, do we as a society now need? Director Wray’s statement, placing responsibility on “all Americans to be vigilant and…contact us with concerns” is at this point an absolutely pathetic joke. What reason does anyone have to contact an agency filled with incompetent stumble-bums who clearly have no interest in acting on such information to begin with?
There is no magic bullet to preventing these mass school shootings from happening in our country, and anyone who tells you they have one is either an idiot or a liar. But one piece of any possible solution is at this point crystal clear: The FBI must – MUST – be removed from the equation. Its responsibilities related to conducting background checks, enforcing gun laws and identifying and acting on potential threats to our school children need to be carved out of its mission and assigned to some other agency or combination of agencies. Perhaps the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms or U.S. Marshalls service have personnel who actually care about protecting human lives.
Because the FBI is just too darn busy with its political, election-reversing priorities to be bothered with such mundane duties any longer.
That is all.
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