And so another deeply troubled, dysfunctional teen launches a hideous killing spree at his school, surprising exactly no one who knew him. Also surprising no one, Progressivist ghouls immediately seized their opportunity to climb up on the still-warm corpses and start politicking for taking all the guns away from the millions of Americans who have killed precisely no one, and never will.
This one seems to be an even grosser case of ball-dropping than most; somebody was even bothered enough by the twitchiness of this kid to try to sic the FBI on him, who immediately sprang into…well.
The FBI ignored a warning that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz might attack a school, failing to act on a call just weeks before Cruz allegedly carried out a shooting rampage at a high school in South Florida on Valentine’s Day, the bureau said Friday.
The disclosure came two days after police say Cruz gunned down 17 people, most of them teenagers, at a high school in Parkland, Fla. The FBI — already facing intense scrutiny for its handling of political matters — described a Jan. 5 tip from “a person close to Nikolas Cruz,” a tip officials acknowledge should have initiated a response. The caller reported concerns 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,” the FBI said in a statement.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) called the FBI’s failure to investigate the tip “unacceptable” and urged FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to resign.
Yeah, THAT will fix it.
Even Cruz’s attorney, who said he does not doubt his client’s guilt, said the rampage could have been prevented had officials acted upon the many red flags in Cruz’s life.
“It’s one of the most horrific crimes in the history of America,” Howard Finkelstein, a public defender in Broward County for the past 40 years, said in an interview before the FBI’s statement. “Everybody was on notice. Every system should’ve been alerted, and not one of the systems did one thing…This should not have happened, and it didn’t have to happen.”
There were so many red flags flying around this kid he’d have been in real peril if there’d been a bull within charging range. The agencies and individuals responsible for spotting the glaringly obvious warning signs Cruz was sending up like signal flares and intervening to prevent disaster didn’t just drop the ball—they threw it just as hard, fast, and far away as they possibly could.
Of course he acquired his weapon legally; they almost always seem to, except when the killer or killers turn out to have stolen it from a parent or other adult who did. Which means that as is par for the course with these horrors, no gun control short of a total ban and effective confiscation—a useless fantasy at this point—would have mattered a whit. Which, natch, is exactly what the Left means when they mewl for “common sense gun control” after one of these things.
No attempt is or ever will be made to address the big fat elephant in the room: the astounding failure to recognize and act on the danger the shooter’s pathology presents to the people around him, as well as the inexcusable, oblivious apathy of those charged with standing firmly between that danger and its potential victims.
As for the FBI, this stands as just another argument—a most resounding one—for doing away with the hopeless, useless bureaucracy. To wit:
The Jan. 5 tip about Cruz came in to the FBI’s general call line, where personnel process thousands of calls each day, some of them more serious than others. When the process works, the call taker records information from the tipster, runs basic database checks on the person at issue and — if the matter appears serious enough — passes a package to agents in the field.
The warning about Cruz should have been passed to the local FBI field office in Miami, but “these protocols were not followed” and no further inquiries were made, the bureau said in a statement. A call operator reported it to a supervisor but the warning never made it any further, according to a law enforcement official who asked not to be identified.
The bureau knew the identity of the tipster — an adult — and the tip involved a threat to life, meaning it should have been taken seriously, said a federal law enforcement official.
The tipster did not describe an attack plan with a time and place but did provide specific information on Cruz, including warning signs, two law enforcement officials said. The officials said the bureau is still exploring why the information was not given to agents for investigation. Authorities do not believe call volume was the reason it fell through the cracks.
Heh. “Call volume.” You just gotta love the way they floated that pitiful little trial balloon out there. Gee, wonder how many agents and departments were tasked with helping Hillary! and Obama rig and then overturn the election the whole while instead? Think maybe if Cruz had ever posted a photo of himself brandishing assorted weaponry while wearing a MAGA hat things might have turned out a little different?
Another factor nobody on the Left deems worth mulling over: the diseased culture they’ve created that produces such twisted, broken youths—fragile never-quite-adults who sometimes shatter and lash out at a world they can’t find a way to function in—instead of fostering strong, healthy, independent young men capable of coping with life’s difficulties and taking their place as responsible members of a functioning society.
Yep, Progressivism’s long-term project of erasing Christianity’s influence from American life, replacing the old American-dream ideal of stable, intact traditional families with Big Nanny government, and relentlessly denigrating masculinity and self-reliance is sure paying off—just not in the way they may have expected. There’s a reason these atrocities have become regular occurrences only relatively recently, and that would have to be a big part of it. As Steyn has always said, the bigger government, the smaller the people. Can it really be all that big a surprise, then, to find that the less well-adjusted among such rootless, lost, overmanaged pygmies are bound to go berserk once in a while?
From bureaucratic failure to reckless Progressivist meddling in affairs too big for them, the whole sad mess is nothing short of grotesque. I suspect, though, that it all may come down to this (via Stephen):
There’s a Way to Stop Mass Shootings, and You Won’t Like It.
That’s right. You’re not going to like it because it’s going to require you to do something personally, as opposed to shouting for the government, or anyone to “do something!”
You ready? Here it is:
“Notice those around you who seem isolated, and engage them.”
If every one of us did this we’d have a culture that was deeply committed to ensuring no one was left lonely. And make no mistake, as I’ve written before loneliness is what causes these shooters to lash out. People with solid connections to other people don’t indiscriminately fire guns at strangers.
You can’t effectively keep drugs out of the hands of those intent on doing drugs. You can’t keep beer out of the hands of high schoolers intent on getting beer. You have a HUGE supply of weapons everywhere and concrete federal law protecting those weapons. You’d have as much luck passing regulation against tornadoes. It would be equally as effective.
So there it is. The god’s honest truth. No entity can do anything meaningful (more than is presently being done) to thwart a disaffected person hell-bent on committing such an act.
But you can.
You can talk to your co-worker for a few minutes. You can talk to the kid in your Physics class that appears to be all alone. You can teach your children to do the same, to make sure no one is left to feel totally isolated. Because that’s the breeding ground. That’s where the seeds are planted.
I really can’t see anything to argue with there: a proposal requiring courage, initiative, and real compassion and empathy from sovereign individuals on a small, local scale, with nary a wave of the legislative magic wand in sight. Ain’t gonna like it? Yep, I can think right away of some people who won’t go for it for even one second.
Gun-control advocates often say that, well, the Second Amendment was passed in the age of muskets, before all these big, scary-looking semi-automatics came along. In fact, there’s a mere quarter-century between the death of the last Founding Father (Madison, in 1836) and the invention of the first continuous rapid-fire gun (the Gatling, in 1861). It’s a 19th-century technology, like almost everything else other than the computer. But not until the late 20th and early 21st centuries did schoolboys think to use that 19th-century technology to slaughter their classmates.
So we – or at any rate some of us – have changed, and for the worse. And the question is why that is: The decline of organized religion, the rise of ersatz substitutes, the collapse of the family, the spread of mass media, the expansion of education, its descent into social engineering, the epidemic of over-medication, the absence of men, the metastasization of narcissism and the worship of the self… Maybe we could have weathered two or three of these, but, as I’ve said before, we changed too much too fast – and somewhere in the void a particular combination of factors incubated the depressingly similar young men who gun down their fellow pupils.
My own view was that the fetishization of “self-esteem” assists the transformation of every “repressed lonely fantasist into a narcissistic psycho”. And, since then, the hyper-reality of Internet identity has assisted it further: The self-confident loser is a very contemporary phenomenon. On the TV the other day, someone said there had been as many school shootings in the first seventeen years of this century as in the entirety of the last.
Which says one hell of a lot, if only anybody was listening.
Root cause update! George Neumayr reels off a whole slew of seriously insightful and compelling lines:
The rise of school shootings is due not to the absence of laws but to the absence of a civilized culture that taught students to follow them. Few lobbies have contributed more to that crisis than the liberal elite’s cherished one, the teachers’ unions. They overflow with self-interested hacks whose pensions fattened as schools disintegrated. Before these educrats laid waste to them, public schools didn’t need “gun-free zones” and little armies to protect them. Teachers took the shaping of minds and souls seriously. But all that discipline and rigor vanished under the ridicule of a ruling class that now treats the debased condition of schools so solemnly.
Let the Kimmels and Colberts say what they want about those musty old schools, with their “silly” morning prayers, codes of discipline, and starchy moral lessons. At least those schools weren’t scene of mass shootings. The teachers in those days didn’t preach gun control but self-control. Now their successors preach the reverse and wake up to dead colleagues and pupils.
That liberal vision of gun control without self-control just means a multiplicity of laws an increasingly depraved citizenry won’t obey. The Florida shooter, after all, violated numerous laws. Adding a few more wouldn’t have stopped him.
Where does the multiplication of laws end? It can only end in the destruction of a free society in which the final solution to crime is to treat everyone, both the virtuous and the vicious, as a criminal. That is why the breezy word “conversation” in this context gives off such an Orwellian chill. What are we supposed to be chatting about? The transformation of our country into a totalitarian prison-state?
And bang, zoom! Right there it is. Only they want us not so much discussing it, as just accepting it, and letting them get on with it already.
Don’t wanna die for lack of shooting back update! Aesop, in declining to discuss it overmuch, makes another excellent point:
We don’t have a gun problem in this country.
We have a criminal problem, a psych patient problem, a dumbass media problem, and a problem with the Special Snowflakes afraid to admit that guns are a useful tool, sometimes life-and-death useful. Notably, in every case that one of these gun-toting wannabe celebutards shows up, what makes them stop RFN is when someone armed starts delivering return fire. Pity the dead football coach/security guard hero couldn’t do that, instead of just donating his body as a handy bullet sponge, but that’s what the hoplophobic educational Leftards want to happen.
Evidently it was better that he follow the rules every day, and die, rather than break them every day and carry concealed anyways, and risk losing his job, saving countless lives, and living to tell the tale afterwards. This is the calculus of moral cowardice and stupidity, in a Darwin Award-winning fashion.
Show of hands: who thinks it’s better that the coach is dead, and the shooter will live for 70 years in state prison, instead of the other way around?
Ultimately, what we really have in this country is a liberal problem. When the dust settles and the butcher’s bill is assessed, the stark reality remains: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Every. Single. Time. It’s a lesson you’d think even Leftards would have learned by now.