Now that the victim disarming gun people controllers are dancing in the blood of innocents, screeching for “common sense gun laws,” let’s see what we know about the alleged asshole.
- He committed his crime in a “gun-free” zone.
- He was too young to be licensed to carry, so toting that gun around, even before reaching the school, was a crime.
- He reportedly bought his rifle legally, passing a background check.
That last point is important, because it sounds like he shouldn’t have… except someone may not have been doing their jobs.
The school district is pretty quiet beyond saying the asshole was expelled for “disciplinary reasons,” but students — and others — have a lot more to say
- The school had specifically identified him in the past as a “potential threat”.
- The shooter was always troubled.
- “Everyone predicted it.”
- He was violent toward others.
- He had a history of school violence and destruction going back to at least the seventh grade
- His school activities included fighting, and possession of ammunition (for which he was forbidden to bring a backpack to school). Multiple knives, too; as in multiple at a time.
- A student described the asshole as a “psycho.”
- He apparently had been on medication and in counseling, but dropped out.
- He had been reported to the FBI for a schooling shooting threat.
- The police responded to his home “Many times” in response to threats, harassment, and window peeping.
Despite the complaints, violence, destruction, peeping tom activities, harassment, threats, and numerous police responses, apparently no one ever bothered arresting him. Much of this appears to have occurred while he was a minor, but serious actions also occurred — before this shooting — while he was an adult.
He could have been arrested. And based on the sheer number of witnesses coming forward, I think he could have been convicted of a crime making him a prohibited person.
He could have been taken into custody and presented to a judge who could have ordered him into involuntary mental health treatment. That’s a two-fer: he would have become a prohibited person, and just maybe they could have helped him.
Yes, I’m playing “Monday morning quarterback;” ‘hindsight’s 20/20,’ and all that. But with a years-long history of mental health issues, threats, harassment, violence, destruction, weapons violations, expulsion, and police complaints, are my after-action observations unreasonable?
The victim disarming gun people controllers will say, “Yes.” They’ll blame the gun. They’ll blame the millions of gun owners who didn’t do it. They’ll screech for new laws that already exist (yes, someone already called for background checks). They’ll ignore the fact that several laws of the sort they promised would end violence forever… didn’t work.
Which just means they’ll demand still more laws. That still won’t work, when blatant threats like this guy go uncontrolled, and when the laws never really apply to the people committing the crimes.