Columbine and Parkland, the Common Thread

Columbine and Parkland, the Common Thread

I’m not a student of school shootings, except to take note of the shooters, many of whom, from Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook in Connecticut to even Dylan Roof in South Carolina, were mentally ill but able to get a gun anyway, only not so much because of their easy availability as to fatal flaws in the bureaucratic system that were designed to prevent the mentally unstable to get weapons. Bureaucracies do that, which is why there can never be any kind of gun “control”.

A decade has gone by since Virginia Tech and most of the gaps in mental health awareness from that event remain unfilled because the Left’s anti-gun lobby continue to keep their eyes fixed on solving a problem of their ethereal Utopian world of World Order, totally disarming a constitutionally-protected armed populace.

As long as fractures in mental health protections fail, they can continue to keep their eye on the larger prize.

So it will be with the shooting in Broward County, Florida, at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School near Ft Lauderdale. We know where the media and the Left will take this; 1) denying access to guns, and 2) a failure of due diligence by local officials at the school and local police to identify several hundreds of thousands 18-20 year old kids of looking and dressing scary, talking big on social media, making broad statements about shooting and mayhem, but falling short of “legal threats” (as the FBI found with Cruz), and in some way interdict them.

Leftists believe anyone who disagrees with them, much less picks up a gun, is mentally deficient or mentally disturbed. This in turn justifies some sort of physical constraints and invasion of privacy.

I’m not sure how long it will take for public pressure to cause the Parkland school and police to kneel at the foot of political correctness and admit that they should implement new programs to more quickly identify angry young kids, white males at least, so as to give the rest of the community a heads-up every-time that kid walks down the street.

I’m sure that’s what the political Left would like to see happen, which is how they see mass shootings; an opportunity for some small victory.

In hindsight we’re told he should have been identified, tagged and written up, with BOLO posters at least, spread around where anti-socials might frequent, including, if circumstances dictated, all the gun stores. Only this had already been tried and failed in Tucson, where a young mental case-killer was lucky enough to have a mom work for the county sheriff, who was also the local Democratic Party boss. His name was Jared Lee Loughner and he killed a federal judge and Rep Gabby Giffords, and everyone pretty much knew he was certifiable for a long time. Much worse than Viktor Cruz in Florida.

Jared Loughner (mugshot)

What we learned from that episode is that the Democrats only view prevention and public safety for “we” and not “thou”.

George Carlin, in a semi-serious comedy routine in the 60s, remarked that the Texas Tower sniper, Charles Whitman (a little before your time) may have snapped because someone put a bottle of Scope in his mailbox (also a little before your time). Whitman killed 13 on the spot, and wounded 31. Clearly mentally ill at the time, there was no sign of any illness before he went on his rampage. No clues or heads-up about what was to come. He just snapped. No one knows why[…]

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