Dereliction

Glenn Reynolds on the institutional deflection after Parkland:

Despite receiving a warning directly from the Russian government, the FBI failed to stop the Tsarnaev brothers from staging the Boston Marathon bombing. Despite having plenty of resources, the Charlottesville police failed to stop a car attack that left a woman dead. The FBI interviewed Omar Mateen, the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter, and considered criminally investigating him. They didn’t — possibly because his father was an FBI informant.

The FBI also missed numerous “red flags” before the San Bernardino shooting. And despite having lots of warning, the FBI, the Broward County schools and the Broward Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Scott Israel all failed to stop Nikolas Cruz from shooting up a high school.

And yet these repeated failures — among others — keep getting swept under the rug as we look for “solutions” to the problem of violence. No doubt Israel and the others whose incompetence made it possible for Cruz to kill his classmates were relieved to see our national discourse veer into questions of whether Laura Ingraham should lose sponsors for mocking David Hogg’s college-admissions failures, instead of their own failures to do their jobs.

Deflecting to “gun control” certainly takes heat off of the likes of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and the carnage on his watch, and that of his Democrat predecessor Bill “Rifle Up Your Butt” Daley.

Mayors of failed cities do a lot of deflecting, don’t they?

6 thoughts on “Dereliction

  1. In the meantime, while ignoring open and shut cases like the before-mentioned and Hilliary Clinton’s mishandling of classified documents, they’re issuing warrants on the President’s lawyer when he, and the President, were already cooperating with investigators.

    #Priorities, I guess. But don’t you dare make any assumptions about what their priorities might be, and why that might not have anything to do with justice.

  2. Florida legally prohibits many people from buying any kind of gun. Among the prohibited are:

    In addition to federal law, Florida law prohibits persons who:
    Are adjudicated delinquent of a crime that would have been a felony if committed by an adult until the age of 24 or until record is expunged.
    Receive “Adjudication Withheld” on any felony or on a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and three years has not yet lapsed since the completion of sentencing provisions.
    were recently arrested for a potentially disqualifying crime which has not been dismissed or disposed of in court.

    If the school would have taken out a protective order against Cruz, no gun.
    The problem with ending the “school to prison pipeline” is that some high schoolers belong in prison.
    But it’s the NRA’s fault.

  3. Let’s not forget the greatest blunder of them all, the failure to search Zacarias Moussaoui’s computer and thus prevent 911.

    So who was running the FBI at the time?

    Hint, the same guy who recently ordered the raid on a lawyer’s house to grab Access Hollywood tapes.

  4. Silly Greg, the FBI’s job is not to stop foreign terrorists from operating on US soil, it’s to develop intelligence on the political opposition!

  5. Locally, a man named Tyrone Williams was shot to death in front of his mother’s home in North Minneapolis. A warrant is out for the suspect. No motive has been identified by police but it did not appear to be robbery. Williams, described as an “activist” was shown on TV new video berating city officials for not providing jobs in his community. To paraphrase him, more jobs, fewer police. A city government-sponsored meeting on the South side provided more invectives along those lines hurled at elected officials, including Mayor Frey. I don’t wish to speak ill of the dead, but Mr. Williams’ priorities seem to parallel the direction taken by conventional government for the past 50 years: providing jobs and investment in the worst areas of crime and poverty. The result for him was a bullet. He would have been better served by more cops, not fewer, on the streets.

  6. Mammuthus Primigenius, it is not so much the FBI’s job to stop terrorists as it to identify them so they can be enrolled in numerous social programs run by community organizers.

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