I’m generally not a fan of more laws or more taxes. I don’t know much about the particular laws concerning the purchasing and owning of guns, but I really don’t think the problem is whether or not he legally purchased the weapon et al. Rather, I believe there are two larger issues involved in this situation, issues that are actually to blame for what happened.
Law enforcement - Why didn’t they do anything? Anything at all? The FBI knew about this kid. The local police and sheriff’s department, knew about this kid. We are everywhere told, “If you see something, say something.” The public saw something and told law enforcement. Multiple times. And they were completely ignored. He had 39 run ins with law enforcement, yet he was not on their radar. Worse, even when the sheriff’s department was on the scene, they literally did nothing. They huddled outside the building, safe behind their cars, waiting until it was safe. I’m outraged that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has not been fired; that heads haven’t rolled in the FBI.
|the kind of photos Cruz published on social media|
The system - According to the laws on the books right now, Nikolas Cruz, 19, should not have been able to purchase a gun of any kind, yet there were no red flags. Why? Why not? Why is there no system to track arrests and mental health issues? They keep track of my traffic violations, my arrest record, my financial dealings, my credit score. When I apply for a job they do a background check. I’ve had simple background checks and a much more extensive one done by the federal government. I know of someone who recently had a background check reveal an arrest that he had to get cleared from his record in order to get hired. Facebook and Google keep track of every site I visit (I know this because of the ads that show up on Facebook), and yet there is no system in place to red flag gun purchases. Why not? This is ridiculous and inexcusable!
So what do I think? We don’t need more laws, we need to fix the system. The laws we have now would have worked just fine if law enforcement would have paid any attention at all, if there was some kind of data base tracking arrests and mental health issues. If you asked me, that’s what I would say.