By now, we’ve already discussed the numerous failures of law enforcement in the Parkland shooting. At multiple levels, there were things that should have been done, things that would have blocked the alleged killer from being able to purchase the rifle he used on his deadly rampage. Any of the domestic violence calls made to the authorities, for example, would have done more than enough.
Now, it seems there was an effort to have the killer committed prior to his rampage.
Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month’s Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.
But the recommendation was never acted upon.
A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for [the killer] to obtain a gun legally.
[The killer] is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded.
But more than a year earlier, documents in the criminal case against [the killer] and obtained by The Associated Press show school officials and a sheriff’s deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation.
The documents, which are part of [the killer’s] criminal case in the shooting, show that he had written the word “kill” in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend. He also told another student he had drunk gasoline and was throwing up. Calls had even been made to the FBI about the possibility of [the killer] using a gun at school.
The documents were provided by a psychological assessment service initiated by [his] mother called Henderson Behavioral Health. The documents show a high school resource officer who was also a sheriff’s deputy and two school counselors recommended in September 2016 that [the killer] be committed for mental evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act. That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days.
However, nothing happened. Nothing happened, which is apparently the mantra for this particular case. At every level, people saw the warning signs. Worse, they recognized the warning signs. They saw them, recognized them, and did nothing at all. I’m sorry, but this is pathetic.
This shooter does everything you expect out of a killer before they act, including breaking numerous laws, yet the authorities did jack squat. Then, when he shoots up a school, what do we hear? We need to ban the gun and that the rest of us need to pay for the act of another.
In other words, the people who dropped the ball so egregiously aren’t the ones who should have to pay, but you and me, the average citizens. We should supposedly pay for their failures.
No. Just no.
I’m not about to give up my rights because officials in Broward County, Florida can’t find their rears with both hands, a compass, GPS, and a neon sign saying, “IT’S RIGHT HERE, MORONS!”
At every level, people failed to do their jobs. This monster was allowed to roam free, to buy a gun, and to do everything he did because people didn’t do their jobs. There’s no other way to cut it.
I’m sorry, but the system that’s in place is more than sufficient to have prevented this tragedy. The problem is, the system only works if people do their jobs and adding to the system isn’t doing anyone any favors.