Thousands of families suffered the kind of day where people remember what they were doing when they heard the news. The families of the thousands of children and teenagers were gripped with fear as the reports started to stream in of a school shooting in South Florida in Broward County. It all happened at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that is located in Parkland, which is not too far from Miami.
When a situation reaches the point that it reached yesterday, with live rounds and dead people, the only thing on the minds of those in danger is surviving. But in the aftermath, everyone wants to know what could have been done differently. What is going to keep this horror from happening again, and who was responsible for it this time.
The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, wasn’t unknown to the FBI. According to Breitbart News, the FBI had received some pretty substantial evidence that he would be a threat long before he came to school with a gun, but they didn’t deem it to be a priority threat. They did a preliminary check and apparently just moved on.
While it’s evident that they have to make judgment calls and decide what takes priority, one can’t help but notice that the things that have been getting the FBI’s attention seem to be all about keeping themselves out of trouble, and not our kids. We’ve heard a whole lot about the FBI sending multiple agents to read memos, but not to check out potential mass murders. Apparently, it takes five highly trained agents to move commas around and another who knows how many to investigate President Trump, but none to make sure that our kids are safe:
“The FBI was notified in September after a YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz left a comment about wanting to be a “professional school shooter,” reports the far-left BuzzFeed News.
A YouTuber named Ben Bennight emailed the FBI tip-line after he noticed a comment left by a ‘Nikolas Cruz’ on one of his videos. The comment read, ‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter.’
Bennight lives in Mississippi and says he was ‘immediately’ contacted by the local FBI office. He met with agents the following day. ‘That was the last I heard from them,’ he told BuzzFeed.
In the wake of the arrest of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz for the murders of 17 people in Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, FL, Bennight was again contacted by the FBI.
According to BuzzFeed, Special Agent Ryan Furr left the following voice mail: ‘I think we spoke with you in the past about a complaint that you made about someone making a comment on your YouTube channel. I just wanted to follow up with you on that and ask you a question with something that’s come up, if you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring.’
As of this writing, there is no confirmation that the Nikolas Cruz who left that YouTube comment is the same Nikolas Cruz arrested for Wednesday’s shooting massacre.”
Too often we find incidents like the Las Vegas massacre where the shooter never gave any indication that they were planning something horrific. You can’t always predict when someone will snap, and there’s nothing you can do except be as prepared as possible for crazy. However, it makes one wonder when the information was so apparently delivered to the FBI, why they weren’t more interested in this particular suspect. There’s a chance that it’s not the same person, but that sure seems like something they would have wanted to follow up.
Buzzfeed also reports that the FBI once again contacted Bennight, apparently now having more interest in what he might have to say about the commenter:
“But around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday — about 30 minutes after Cruz was taken into custody by police in Broward County — Special Agent Ryan Furr with the FBI’s Miami field office called Bennight and left him a voicemail.
“I think we spoke with you in the past about a complaint that you made about someone making a comment on your YouTube channel,” the agent said in the message, which Bennight provided to BuzzFeed News. “I just wanted to follow up with you on that and ask you a question with something that’s come up, if you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring.”
A few hours later, Bennight said, FBI agents in Mississippi visited him again in person, pressing for more information about the YouTube user Nikolas Cruz.
The Nikolas Cruz YouTube account remained active until Wednesday evening. It has since been deleted, however, due to ‘multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy on violence.’ YouTube did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ questions about the account.”
The problem that any law enforcement organization faces is that they are inevitably spread too thin. No matter how many great men and women are on the job, it’s not possible to be ready for anything that might happen.
The problem that Americans have right now, is that we’ve seen the FBI put so much of its time and energy into making sure that their failings have been covered up. It almost seems like they dig up every possible shred of evidence that they think could be used against President Trump and there’s not enough time to follow up on the deranged individual who threatens to kill kids at a school.
Absolutely messed up. One visit to his home could've revealed the arsenal and disturbing life he was living.
— Frank Lea ?? (@TrendingViews1) February 15, 2018