Kirsters Baish| After Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we should all be taking a minute to think about the real issue at hand. 17 American lives were taken by shooter Nikolas Cruz. It now seems that this entire tragedy could have been avoided. There were some big red flags last month, and the FBI was provided with some important information. One YouTube user contacted the FBI after seeing some very concerning posts made by another YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz. The posts referenced becoming a school shooter.
Gun laws have absolutely nothing to do with what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. We need to take into account this mass shooting, but also every other mass shooting.
The big question is why wasn’t the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting prevented? There are some important trends that come into play here.
Allen B. West wrote:
First, let’s look at the case of Nidal Hasan, an Islamic jihadist now serving life imprisonment in Ft. Leavenworth — where Bowe Bergdahl and Bradley Manning should be. Hasan was assigned as a psychologist at Walter Reed Army Hospital in DC. There had been several complaints about his radical proselytizing of our Soldiers who were there to receive counseling. This was known, as well, Hasan had associations with the radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — who by the way led prayers on Capitol Hill. Why was Nidal Hasan allowed to be transferred to Ft. Hood Texas? Why wasn’t he investigated, and subsequently separated from the U.S. Army…not to mention queried by our law enforcement agencies for his associations? Hasan referred to himself as a “soldier for Allah” and we know the rest of the story. Soldiers whom he was supposed to have been treated and coworkers say something, and said something, but their concerns were dismissed. As a result, 13 Americans lost their lives, and 31 Americans were wounded due to his actions. The issue was not gun control.
Omar Mateen had been referred to the FBI for investigation. He also resided in South Florida. There were no follow-ups and surveillance done on him. And the Islamic center he attended had some concerns as well. Mateen went under the radar and planned his nefarious action that targeted the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando…Fifty-plus Americans were killed, countless others wounded. Someone had seen something and said something, but there was no follow-up surveillance of said individual. The issue was not gun control.
West went on to talk about Sayed Farouk and Tashfeen Malik who carried out an Islamic jihadist attack in San Bernardino, California at an office Christmas party. The state of California has perhaps the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. The most concerning thing is that Malik came into the United States on a “fiancée visa.” She also gave false information on her entry application which was not verified. Farouk’s neighbors said that they did see something, but because of those who are overly sensitive when it comes to political correctness in the case of “Islamophobia,” they said nothing. Fourteen American lives were taken and another twenty-two people were injured. Gun control wasn’t the problem.
We all remember the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last year. The killer had been dishonorably discharged from the United States Air Force after he was charged with domestic abuse. Proper channels who would have stopped the shooter from following through with such a horrifying act were never given this information. The issue here was not gun control.
Then we have the Islamic jihadist attack which took place in the City of Garland, Texas. The jihadists were angry that a “draw Mohammed” art contest was being held. These terrorists believed that freedom of speech and expression were not individual rights. The FBI was aware of the danger of these two men. In fact, they were being tracked by the FBI from Arizona to Texas. Why didn’t the FBI divulge this information? They did not alert law enforcement agencies. Thankfully, two Garland police officers confronted the men and killed them before they could go through with their attack. Again, gun control wasn’t the problem.
Libs will continue to claim that gun control is the problem because it is the only thing they have to push their anti-gun agenda. It’s time we start looking at the bigger picture and start trying to fix the real problem here.