Earlier today, I wrote about how the FBI seems to have dropped the ball on the Parkland shooter. They somewhat admitted to their screw up, though it was more of a shrug and a “whatcha gonna do” kind of situation. However, it looks like they’re now admitting they dropped the ball even worse than we initially thought (emphasis mine).
The FBI in January received a tip to a public reporting line that Nikolas Cruz might carry out a school shooting, but failed to pass the information to its Miami field office or investigate any further, authorities said Friday.
The bureau acknowledged the startling lapse in a statement, saying a person close to Cruz had contacted the bureau’s public access tip line on January 5 and “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.” On Wednesday, Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The bureau said the information “should have been assessed as a potential threat to life” and passed to the Miami field office, but was not, and “no further investigation was conducted at that time.”
In other words, the FBI was handed every single red flag possible, and they still didn’t do a blasted thing.
Why? What was so important that someone with the means, opportunity, and stated intention to launch a school shooting couldn’t be investigated?
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that the facts are still being investigated.
“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,” Wray said. “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.”
Except they were vigilant. They did exactly what people are told to do, and what happened? Nothing. Nothing at all.
Meanwhile, 17 high school kids are dead.
Not only that, but we find ourselves embroiled in yet another debate about our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, initiated by law enforcement–you know, the people gun grabbers trust with guns–failing to follow up on a tip.
Hell, I think I’d have an easier time swallowing this if they’d looked into it and just found the tip wasn’t credible. I could probably accept that. I’d still be upset about it, but people make mistakes like that far more often than I suspect we’d like to believe. At least the steps were followed in that case.
Here, they weren’t.
The FBI isn’t having a very good 2018, but at this point, I can’t really muster any ability to give a damn. I know there are good people who work for the FBI, and I know most agents are hard-working, dedicated public servants. But this is unconscionable. There is no way this should be allowed to slide.
There are 17 dead kids. There are 17 families mourning right now, and the FBI was given the information that might have stopped the murders, and they didn’t even make a phone call, apparently.
Tell me again how this is a failing of the Second Amendment?