Today’s paragraphs come to us from a source I’m usually not very taken with; Ann Coulter.
Ms. Coulter’s latest commentary concerns nikolas cruz and how the Parkland massacre came to be. Here is one of the key segments:
Nikolas Cruz’s psychosis ended in a bloody massacre not only because of the stunning incompetence of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department. It was also the result of liberal insanity working exactly as it was intended to.
School and law enforcement officials knew Cruz was a ticking time bomb. They did nothing because of a deliberate, willful, bragged-about policy to end the “school-to-prison pipeline.” This is the feature part of the story, not the bug part.
If Cruz had taken out full-page ads in the local newspapers, he could not have demonstrated more clearly that he was a dangerous psychotic. He assaulted students, cursed out teachers, kicked in classroom doors, started fist fights, threw chairs, threatened to kill other students, mutilated small animals, pulled a rifle on his mother, drank gasoline and cut himself, among other “red flags.”
Over and over again, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reported Cruz’s terrifying behavior to school administrators, including Kelvin Greenleaf, “security specialist,” and Peter Mahmood, head of JROTC.
At least three students showed school administrators Cruz’s near-constant messages threatening to kill them — e.g., “I am going to enjoy seeing you down on the grass,” “Im going to watch ypu bleed,” “iam going to shoot you dead” — including one that came with a photo of Cruz’s guns. They warned school authorities that he was bringing weapons to school. They filed written reports.
Threatening to kill someone is a felony. In addition to locking Cruz away for a while, having a felony record would have prevented him from purchasing a gun.
I could have lived without the “liberal insanity working exactly as it was intended to” line. But, other than that, Ms. Coulter is 100% correct – which is why she wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors.
As I, and others, have pointed out so many times, no gun jumps up and starts shooting by itself. Guns require people pulling triggers.
And the benighted morons running Broward County – not just the sheriff’s office (why does Scott Israel still have his job?????), but the school officials Coulter cites, and everyone who decided to solve the student criminality problem by ignoring their criminality (a point discussed further on in Coulter’s commentary), facilitated nikolas cruz’s opportunity to become a mass murderer.
The NRA did not provide that opportunity. President Trump did not provide that opportunity. The benighted morons noted above did so.
Every day their culpability is glossed over or ignored altogether is a day that citizens’ justifiable outrage, and demands that something significant be done to stop the carnage, is wasted.