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FBI did not act on tip in Florida

Warning on school-shooting suspect was never passed on

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published February 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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People embrace Friday at a memorial for the victims of the school shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Fla. A Jan. 5 tip to the FBI about the suspect was not forwarded to the Miami field office, officials said.

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The FBI failed to act on a tip in January from a person close to suspect Nikolas Cruz warning that he owned a gun and might carry out a school shooting, the bureau acknowledged Friday, an admission that prompted Gov. Rick Scott of Florida to call for the bureau's director to resign.

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abb says... February 17, 2018 at 6:12 a.m.

BIG mistakes were made. LOTS of FBI guys need to be fired, from the person that took the call, to the guy in charge at that office and on up the chain of command....just to send a message. But this news doesn't matter because you communist leaning morons want to ban a scary looking modern sporting rifle.

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RBear says... February 17, 2018 at 7:10 a.m.

abb "big" mistakes? I think that's an overstatement by a right winger who has subscribed to the line from the right to distrust the FBI. Your comment and that of Gov. Scott is pretty disgusting to use such a tragedy to push a political agenda. Even if they had acted on the tip, tell me what they could have legally done, especially considering your comments about gun rights. Most likely, you would have criticized the FBI if they would have taken the gun, claiming it was violating Cruz's right to own a gun.
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Not sure if I even want to comment on the later part of your statement due to the absurd position you take. But let's at least get this out there. You probably didn't read any of the research I did on school shootings yesterday, so I'll catch you up in the crayon, summary version (probably all you could take in).
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Looking at school shootings around the world, the record in the US is pathetic. Whereas entire continents have maybe one or two every couple of years, the US averages around 10 school shootings a year. Along those same lines, the US has a one to one gun ownership ratio compared with other nations where the ratio of people to guns is like ... 30 to 1 in Israel or 30% in Germany. In fact, you can look at the gun homicide rate and find almost a direct correlation between gun ownership rates and the homicide rates.
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While the Second Amendment does grant the right of gun ownership to citizens, the Supreme Court also issued opinions that said that right should come with restrictions and requirements. That scary looking "sporting rifle" has been used in every single mass shooting in the past several years. There is no valid reason for you to have it, especially if it is a contributor in massacres in schools.
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The HS in Parkland, FL did everything they could to prevent an active shooter. They had an armed officer on site. They followed their active shooter training procedures. They issued a red alert as soon as they saw Cruz walk towards the campus. But none of that worked because Cruz was able to fire off so many rounds into classrooms before anything could happen. In fact, the entire attack lasted around 4 minutes from the time Cruz tripped the fire alarm to when he discarded his weapon.
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In those four minutes, he killed 17 students and injured about the same number. That's a victim every 8 seconds. So, a start to solving the problem that has made the US the deadliest place to attend school is to ban the AR-15 style rifle from public ownership. Another is to institute greater requirements and restrictions on gun ownership.
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Do more gun laws solve the problem? Apparently so if you look at the rest of the nations around the world. We stand out in a very bad way. We stand out in orders of magnitude. It's time to fix that problem and so far gun rights advocates have offered nothing as a solution other than more guns. Here's a hint. More guns doesn't solve the problem. It amplifies it.

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DoubleBlind says... February 17, 2018 at 7:38 a.m.

RB - Your “Even if they had acted on the tip, tell me what they could have legally done?” nails a big part of the problem. Just look at how many people who knew Cruz PREDICTED he would do this. Cops were called to his house 39 times. He had undergone psychiatric evaluation but stopped before a conclusion was reached. Law enforcement needs to be able to act in some way on this info. Cruz should never have been able to legally buy a gun based on the massive amount of data pointing to the likelihood of this very outcome.

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RBear says... February 17, 2018 at 7:59 a.m.

Exactly DB. In today's D-G, there is another article about that very subject and the limitations states have in being able to remove firearms from individuals who have been deemed to be risky with a court order. Currently, only five states have such laws but 18 others, including FL, are considering adding the laws. Arkansas is not and I don't think it will come up in the next session.
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However, it will be interesting to see how gun rights advocates square up against these laws. Personally, I think it's one of the restrictions they should accept for the right to gun ownership. Others would include a mental evaluation to look for signs of aggressive or dangerous behavior. That would have probably prevented Cruz from purchasing the AR-15. I would like for AR-15s to be banned, but absent an outright ban I think mental evaluations should be considered a necessary requirement to own such a weapon.

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DoubleBlind says... February 17, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Same with the LV shooter. It just shouldn’t be possible for someone to buy assault rifles, bump stocks, thousands of tracer rounds without it setting off alarms and scrutiny. Unless we’re going to outright ban the sale of these things, we need to use big data to track sales and to ensure law enforcement follow up with the ability to seize guns and ammo and detain buyers. Why would any civilian need tracers at all, let alone thousands of them.

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BoudinMan says... February 17, 2018 at 8:34 a.m.

The republican sages in Florida's legislature have come up with a novel idea on how to prevent gun violence in their schools: more guns! That's right, the Archie Bunker plan, more guns in the hands of more people. This is so not surprising at all. Your NRA campaign contributions at work.

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TimberTopper says... February 17, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

abb, it appears either you were not aware of the times the local law had been to see this young man, or you find it easier to blame the FBI. I feel the local law should have done something and at least called in the FL state police, as this was first a local problem.

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DerbiRider says... February 17, 2018 at 9:12 a.m.

Same old right wing clap-trap. Blame anyone but Trump or gundamentalism.

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GCW says... February 17, 2018 at 9:25 a.m.

As long as we're throwing other people's rights under the bus let's go after Hollywood and Silicon Valley for pumping out ultra violent movies, TV and video games with no regard for it's effects on addled minds. Then let's go after ADG and all the other money hungry news media for publishing this pathetic guy's life story and plastering his face everywhere for others to copy cat.

Any law you enact against me does absolutely NOTHING to solve the problem.

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DoubleBlind says... February 17, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

‘Gundamentalism’...too-shay, Derbi! Spot on...

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