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Government Continues to Fail the Parkland Victims

Government Continues to Fail the Parkland Victims
Memorials are seen on a fence surrounding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 21, 2018. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Monday, 26 February 2018 03:30 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Prior to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, nearly every level of government betrayed the 17 students and staff members that were killed. Learning nothing from the incident, they continue betraying the constituents they’re sworn to serve.

Missed Signals

Gunman Nikolas Cruz didn’t quietly slip through the cracks, giving him an opportunity to impose carnage on the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — figuratively speaking, he drove an 18-wheel semi-trailer truck down Florida’s Highway A1A, with the air horn blasting and flashers flashing.

Yet nobody noticed a thing until it was too late.

The FBI received two warnings about Cruz — the first admittedly sketchy, in the form of a comment made to a YouTube video. The second was detailed and should have made anyone’s hair stand on end.

A woman called the FBI in January, telling the agent that she was worried Cruz was “going to explode.”

The caller described social media posts in which Cruz suggested he was going to commit violence against others. “Something is going to happen,” she said.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office received no fewer than 18 warnings about the shooter, all from people close to him. At least five of the callers voiced concern over his access to weapons, and at least one caller said Cruz "planned to shoot up the school."

“There is no explaining how every single agency in every regard missed every signal,” said Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender representing Cruz.

The Sheriff’s Office also failed during the attack. The school resource officer — a Broward County deputy — remained outside the school building when Cruz began his shooting spree. He apparently heard the gunfire and the victims’ screams but did nothing.

Three additional Broward County deputies who arrived on the scene also reportedly refused to enter the building.

Deflect, Deflect, Deflect

With all the missed red flags about Cruz, you would think that this might be a time for authorities — especially Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel — to engage in a little reflection and soul-searching. But you would think wrong.

Right out of the gate, instead of taking responsibility, the lawman went on the attack.

Appearing at a CNN town hall meeting on gun violence, he lashed out at the left’s main whipping-boy — the National Rifle Association.

Israel targeted talk radio host and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch — and she became a deflection from his own failings.

“I understand that you’re standing up for the NRA … but you just told this group of people that you’re standing up for them,” he said. “You are not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’”

Dismissing his own failures, he defiantly defended his "amazing leadership" of a department that has been reduced to Keystone Cops status.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, also attended the CNN event — and cast blame in yet another direction: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican.

Nelson, who’s up for re-election this year, faulted Scott for offering Kalashnikov USA, the company that manufactures the AK-47 rifle, financial incentives for opening a new plant in Pompano Beach, Florida.

"Did you know it is manufactured in this state?" he asked a student about the weapon. "Did you know that the state of Florida, the governor's office gave financial incentives for them to come into the state and manufacture?"

Cruz didn’t use an AK-47 — he used an AR-15. But even if he had, Scott can’t be faulted for offering incentives to companies that are willing to move to his state.

But Nelson’s real motive for attacking Scott had nothing to do with the shooting. Although he hasn’t formally announced, Scott is expected to be the Republican challenger to Nelson’s re-election effort. It’s about politics.

Here’s the ultimate irony. While government leaders absolve themselves of responsibility for the events of Feb. 14, their response is to push for increased regulations, to restrict what weapons law-abiding citizens may or may not own.

They reason that the government is here to serve and protect you — the same government that failed 17 innocent lives.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Prior to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, nearly every level of government betrayed the 17 students and staff members that were killed.
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Monday, 26 February 2018 03:30 PM
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