I may have to take this video down – if YouTube catches up with our friends News2Share. But I don’t apologize for putting it up and I will keep it posted here as long as possible. Here’s why . . .
As a gun blogger who’s reported on the Gifford’s assault, the Aurora massacre, the Newtown slaughter and other firearms-related spree killings, I’ve seen how officials cover-up important details of the crime scene in the name of their “criminal investigation.” Details which – if and when revealed – undercut the argument that more gun control legislation is needed to prevent similar tragedies.
The Newtown case is, perhaps, the most instructive example. The official report was delayed for over a year – time enough for Connecticut to pass knee-jerk civilian disarmament legislation. In that case and more, the killer was known to be a danger. Parents, mental health professionals, school officials, even the police failed to stop him. Through their negligence, incompetence or a simple refusal to take responsibility for their actions.
Don’t get me wrong . . .
I am fully aware that shit happens. People miss things because that’s what people do. When I miss something here, no one dies. When the police who interviewed Elliot Rodger failed to ask to see the threat videos that triggered his therapist’s request for an urgent “mental health check,” when they failed to get sufficient background on the request to know what questions to ask, when Rodger’s therapist or parents failed to communicate the exact nature of their concern to the police, people died.
I am also aware that deciding who’s a serious threat to public safety and who isn’t is an imprecise science/art. We cannot ask for perfection from those in charge of making that decision – because we won’t get it. Nor should we jettison our Constitutional protections in the name of public safety. But if we don’t know the truth – the who, what, when, where and why of the killings – we can’t make sound judgements about what – if anything – we can do to prevent attacks in the future.
These tapes are an invaluable original source material to Elliot Rodger’s frame of mind. They show that mental health – not “easy access to firearms” – was the problem. We await the official investigation into the murders that resulted, hoping, once again, that the truth will out.