Letter to the editor: Massacre blame

March 14, 2018


To the editor:

Nikolas Cruz is to blame for the Florida school shooting. However, several government entities could have prevented this tragedy.

The school expelled Cruz for violent behavior and students joked that he would be a school shooter. Police and other authorities were called to his home 39 times. Child welfare diagnosed him as depressed and autistic. The FBI knew that on YouTube “Nikolas Cruz” wanted to be a school shooter. Several weeks before the shooting, the FBI failed to investigate Cruz after being specifically warned he was a potential school shooter.

School authorities, the police and the welfare department did not attempt to have Cruz adjudicated as a danger to himself and others. An adjudication could have prevented Cruz from buying a gun. Once he had a gun the FBI did not even attempt to investigate him. The armed school deputy stood outside while kids were being slaughtered.

Rather than blaming Cruz and the egregious government failures for this tragedy, liberals blame Trump and the NRA. Liberals’ solution is to prevent law abiding citizens from buying an AR-15.

For two years President Obama had a Democrat-controlled Congress with a filibuster-proof Senate. Obama and the Democrats did not reinstate the AR-15 ban. Using their logic, liberals should blame Obama for the Florida shootings.

Question for Lawrence parents: Are your children safe?


Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

Technically AR-type rifles weren't banned under the scary-weapons act. If the rifle lacked certain scary features such as a bayonet lug or a flash hider, the rifle was perfectly legal. Otherwise, your letter sets out some inconvenient truths for the gun-grabbers. Video of the Broward coward is due to be released later this week. That should be most interesting

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

Obama and Holder's Promise program created the "massacre". The school district was paid millions by Holder to not report deviant behavior.

It is as simple as that.

How did Nikolas Cruz rack up twenty-five disciplinary actions in high school without getting a referral to law enforcement? And how did law enforcement in Broward County go through as many as forty-five contacts with Cruz and his family without an arrest that would have appeared on a firearms-purchase background check? The issue is a so-called “Promise” program in Broward County, as Marco Rubio noted in his Senate speech today, but that’s not where it started.



Glen Stovall 3 months, 1 week ago

I hate to say it but I agree with the racist-in-chief----take the guns first and worry about the process later.

Pete Kennamore 3 months, 1 week ago

what other constitutional rights are you willing to give up without due process?

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

You got your jackboots all shined and ready, Glen?

Glen Stovall 3 months, 1 week ago

The Church of the Second Amendment and White Nationalist Fellowship will do and say anything to sacrifice more human beings at the altar of the NRA and gun manufacturers---7000 children sacrificed since Sandy Hook.

Sam Crow 3 months, 1 week ago

25,000 people died during the Revolutionary War so that they could one day have a Constitution, which wound up including the Second Amendment.

Those are real numbers, not phonied up political numbers created by advocacy groups

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months, 1 week ago

And just think, if they had the guns we have now, even more could have died. By the way, historians say the estimated 24,000 number included all the deaths, including the British who were fighting to stop the revolution.

Do you really think the founders of our countries wouldn't have been more specific if they could have foreseen the killing machines we have created?

Sam Crow 3 months, 1 week ago

Most historians estimate 25,000 Americans died. And even more British.

Aaron McGrogor 3 months, 1 week ago

A majority of that number comes from disease, not battle.

Vicki Smith Hale 3 months ago

It also include the First Amendment. I think there may have been a reason for picking that one to go first on the list.

Brock Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

Here is what you and others don’t understand. No one worships the NRA. We do understand and support the 2nd Amendment and the NRA is a strong voice protecting it.

But it is Congress that writes legislation, not the NRA. Angry about the laws, then it is Congress that you should be angry at.

Of course it is easier to demonize the NRA instead of really trying to solve the violence problem.

AR 15s and similar weapons have been owned by civilians since the 60s. Maybe instead of blaming the NRA and an inanimate object you should be asking what has changed between then and now that people are shooting school children and each other in the streets daily?

We live in a very violent and angry country. I am unwilling to give up my means of self-defense and depend on the government to protect me. A government that has proven it cannot protect us from violence.

Kendall Simmons 3 months, 1 week ago

Obama did NOT have 2 years where Dems controlled Congress. He had only 7 months thanks to Franken's recount and Kennedy's health. This has been made clear to Americans COUNTLESS times, yet some folks are still oblivious. Or in denial.

Brock Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

Okay 7 months. So why did they do nothing?

The reason is simple. Congress is generally worthless; all of Congress

They only care about their re-election, power and wealth.

We the people need to quit fighting with one another and focus our ire on our worthless politicians.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months, 1 week ago

The reason they didn't do anything is the NRA has are equal opportunity bribers. They have given a lot of money to pols in both parties.

Brock Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

All advocacy groups donate. The problem isn’t with the NRA but with politicians that accept donations from any group and do their bidding and not ours.

Why didn’t those that didn’t accept donations try to do something?

Quit defending politicians and open your eyes to their deceit.

You can’t go from average person to multimillionaire by being honest and just on a Congressional salary.

Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

Democrats remember the spanking they got after the scary-weapons act was passed. They did not want to repeat that performance.

Joe Masterson 3 months, 1 week ago

It wasn't even seven months, it was 72 days.

Richard Aronoff 3 months, 1 week ago

An article published in the Miami Herald recently outlined a number of the very disturbing things that Cruz told his school's psychologist. None of those things were reported to law enforcement or the federal background check database.

Exactly what is a mental health professional obligated to share with school administrators and law enforcement?

Dale Miller 3 months, 1 week ago

Shouldn't we feel the same way about the scalpel and the most defenseless of humans?

Brock Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

Good point. It is. Fact that the Framers didn’t consider abortion nor is it specifically affirmed as a right in the Constitution. So gun control people if you want to limit the right to own guns to those at the time of the Constitution´s writing are you also willing to apply this to abortions?

If not then why not?

Aaron McGrogor 3 months, 1 week ago

Why stop there? Lets just go back to all the laws and ways of living to those at the time of the constitution's writing. Good enough for them, good enough for us.

Abortion is nowhere near the same issue as gun control.

Dale Miller 3 months, 1 week ago

There are over 130,000 intentionally performed abortions yearly in the United States. Get your head out.

Jim Slade 3 months, 1 week ago

Funny thing, the only time abortion is mentioned in the bible is when it gives instructions on how to perform one. Numbers 5:11-31

Steve Hicks 3 months ago

Jim, that passage of scripture is not about abortion.

It's a trial procedure, to determine if a husband is wrong saying (and thinking) that his wife is adulterous, or if a woman is telling the truth that she's not.

That passage of scripture says nothing, one way or the other, about the woman in the case being pregnant. The procedure is the same either way. How is it about abortion if the woman is not pregnant ?

The only mention of pregnancy in that passage is that if the procedure shows she's blameless "...she will then be free and conceive children" (v. 28). The opposite result from abortion.

Did you read the passage ? If not, who told you that it "gives instructions on how to perform" an abortion ?

Aaron McGrogor 3 months, 1 week ago

This is completely unrelated. You want to fight for the "rights" of a fetus, have at it. But don't try to turn kids getting massacred at their schools into the same thing.

Dale Miller 3 months ago

Oh, Planned Parenthood and this killer are related for sure. You might feel uncomfortable about your inconsistency position but it's glaring.

The connecting feature is violent death.

Both are sickening to me. How can you turn your back on 130,000 each year?

Run over to your safe space and reflect.

Vicki Smith Hale 3 months ago

Dale - when was the last time your birth control failed? When was the last time you got pregnant with an abusive partner? When was the last time you were forced to become pregnant? When was the last time you were raped and became pregnant?

Gary Stussie 3 months ago

60 million birth control failures since RvW? Right!

Steve Hicks 3 months ago

"Consistency," meaning integrity ? I'd agree consistency against "violent death" doesn't allow people of integrity. to pick-and-choose among "issues."

Gun violence. Abortion. War. Capital punishment.

All cause "violent death."

Michael Kort 3 months ago

The second amendment was a hold over from England where the Catholics refused the Protestants the right to arms because the Prodestants were the OUTSIDER RELIGION whom the Catholics did not like.... and oppressed.......Protestants,...who eventually took over England with outside Protestant help from another country .

Of course in 1776 lots of folks were rural and had to kill their food without refrigeration to store it.......hunting back then was a necessity......not a sport .......nor today's $ adventure that is deep freezered for a season,......as deer meat could be today .

Of course in 1776 having a rifle made you the military equivalent of a tyrants' army ( along with your neighbors help )............tell that to the non combatant people in Syria, Yemen, etc., today, who get the holly crap bombed out of them daily, with or without access to fully auto rifles like the militants use because in both cases, they are a lost cause to advanced air power, barrel bombs from helicopters, tanks, etc. .

Has anybody noticed ? that realities have changed ? or that the modern day " tyrants " are the lone shooters who are nuts with easy access to guns thanks to the NRA,....shooters who will gladly take anyones life, as a human tax to fund their own notoriety and mental madness ?

If the AR-15 was solely designed for sport ( which it wasn't.... it was a response to the AKs, it was used in limited amount in Vietnam by the USAF ) it is still a weapon that could take out a massive male deer......and many smaller humans ?

The basic AR design and other spin off type designs are like bad pennies, that keep turning up in the insane murderers hands due to lax gun sales laws that provide no check'em access or are non deterrent enough as laws to discourage straw buyers or stolen weapons resellers for sales to anyone, etc. .

The most powerful thing that you have is your vote if you don't want tyrants to rule you or to subject you to rulership by insane people with weapons who want to " act out " murderously on you and your neighbors .

Bob Smith 3 months ago

You're against freezers? Curious, that. "...it was used in limited amount in Vietnam by the USAF..." You have got to be kidding me. Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers in all branches of the armed forces carried M-16s in Vietnam. The M-14 was phased out beginning in 1964.

Steve Hicks 3 months ago

I'm surprised Mr. White sees the "gun debate" as primarily political: except that doing so allows the political-minded to cast blame on the "other side" (and pride themselves on being the "good side").

Obviously there are political questions involved (though politics obviously offers no absolute solution). Obviously the political question of "rights" is involved; in both legitimate and false ways.

But the basic fact the entire "gun debate" centers on is mass murder. That's not inherently a political question. It certainly involves no inherent "right."

I'm surprised Mr. White, and many others, don't see the fact of mass-murder as first of all a moral question, and make moral considerations (rather than partisan ones) foremost in their political responses to it.

Bob Smith 3 months ago

"...But the basic fact the entire "gun debate" centers on is mass murder..."

Brock Masters 3 months ago

Mass murder is immoral, it is illegal and people who commit it are evil.

We all agree but Captain Obvious thanks for pointing it out.

Brock Masters 3 months ago

Why does the NRA have so much power?

It isn’t, as some suggest, because of its political donations. They are plenty of groups that want gun control and who donate so it isn’t donations.

The NRA can’t vote and can’t enact legislation so that’s not where it gets it power so where does it power come from?

It comes from its membership base and the fact that they vote. Politicians fear losing reelection so they don’t do the bidding of the NRA but it’s members.

Bob Smith 3 months ago

"...The Broward County Sheriff’s Office training manual instructs its officers to “confront the shooter,” contradicting earlier explanations for why multiple deputies last month remained outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as a gunman was mowing down 17 people. The nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch said the manual, a copy of which the government watchdog obtained under Florida’s Sunshine Act, adds to mounting evidence that deputies failed the victims of the February 14 massacre by 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz. The manual mandates that the first one or two officers to arrive at the scene of an active shooter “will immediately go to confront the shooter.” There are no qualifiers attached to the instruction for the first officer or officers on the scene..." https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/training-manual-clearly-tells-florida-deputies-to-confront-the-shooter/

Gary Stussie 3 months ago

California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel was put on paid leave after questioning in front of her students whether school administrations would let a group of students protesting abortion walk out of class in the middle of the school day like they did with students who did so on Wednesday in protests over school shootings.


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