“Florida’s state social services agency investigated Nikolas Cruz’s home life more than a year before police say he killed 17 people at his former high school, closing the inquiry after determining that his ‘final level of risk is low,’ despite learning that the teenager had behavioral struggles and was planning to buy a gun,” nytimes.com reports. The specifics are — or should have been — alarming . . .
The investigation detailed several unnerving behaviors from Cruz, including that he had cut his arms on Snapchat, had a Nazi symbol and a racial epithet on his backpack and intended to purchase a gun for unknown reasons, according to a Florida Department of Children and Families report obtained by The Washington Post.
Ultimately, the investigation was closed in November 2016, just months before Cruz bought the AR-15 assault-style rifle that police say he would later use in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
So, the FBI knew about Nikolas Cruz’s plan to shoot up a high school, Broward County Sheriff’s Department knew Nikolas Cruz was a deeply disturbed and dangerous individual, Marjory Stoneman High School knew Nikolas Cruz was a threat (and expelled him from school) and Florida Social Services knew Nikolas Cruz had Nazi sympathies and wanted to buy a gun.
And yet no one intervened, Nikolas Cruz passed a federal background check to purchase a Smith & Wesson AR15 and 17 innocent people are dead. And gun control advocates want Americans to believe gun laws are to blame for the massacre. I don’t think so. You?