Source: Dr. Rich Swier, by Dr. Swier, August 10, 2019
Red flag laws haven’t stopped any person bent on mass murder. The Florida legislature passed a “red flag” law after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The red flag law was passed by the Republican majority before the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report into the shooting was completed and issued on what happened leading up to the shooting.
In a January 1st, 2019 column by the Daily Caller titled Florida Newspaper Publishes Exhaustive Parkland Report: Sheriff’s Office ‘Cost Children Their Lives’ Neetu Chandak wrote:
Authorities and school officials either failed to act or were unclear about procedures when confronting the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Feb. 14, 911 logs, surveillance videos, and interviews show.
On January 11th, 2019 newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis removed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office.
In a March 1st, 2019 article by NPR titled Parkland Shooting Suspect: A Story Of Red Flags, Ignored Joel Rose and Brakkton Booker reported:
Friends, family and neighbors were worried about Nikolas Cruz. So were social workers, teachers and sheriff’s deputies in two counties.
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When Cruz was just 10 years old, his mother called the police to the house. That call in 2008 was the first of dozens of times over the next decade she would summon law enforcement, often for help keeping her sons under control.
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By 2013, according to that list, the calls to the deputies began detailing more violence. In November of that year, Lynda said she was thrown against a wall because she took away an Xbox gaming system. In November 2014, deputies report Cruz used a BB gun to shoot a chicken.
By early 2016, deputies were called after a neighbor’s son saw a disturbing Instagram post that seemed to suggest Cruz “planned to shoot up the school.” At the time, deputies concluded that Cruz owned knives and a BB gun. They passed along that information to a school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, but it is not clear whether any other steps were taken.
It is one of several incidents now under further investigation by the sheriff’s office.
Of the 23 incidents deputies responded to at the Cruz residence, 18 of them involved Nikolas Cruz, according to the sheriff’s office. The office says that “none appeared arrestable under Florida law.”
On June 4th, 2019 I reported:
Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson is facing 11 criminal charges – including child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury – in connection with his lack of response to the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz announced Tuesday.
Following a 14-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested Tuesday on seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury. The investigation examined the actions of law enforcement during and following the Parkland school mass shooting.
On June 6th 2019 Dana Loesch stated, “[Broward County] Sheriff Scott Israel worked hand in hand with [Superintendent of Broward County schools] Robert Runcie to hide criminal actions, misdemeanors, felonious behavior of students like this murderer. They enabled him to avoid having a record established that would have prevented him from legally purchasing a firearm. In my opinion, Sheriff Scott Israel may as well have walked into the gun store and bought it for him.”
There were many red flags involving Nickolas Cruz.
In addition to all of the above Nickolas Cruz was reported to the FBI twice.
The first time was on September 24, 2017 when Ben Bennight saw a comment on YouTube posted by a Nickolas Cruz stating, “Im going to be a professional school shooter.”
The second report was on January 5, 2018, just over a month before the deadly Parkland shooting, to the FBI was from an anonymous caller from West Virginia who reported, “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”
Red flag laws are designed to cover up the failures of school district, local, state and federal law enforcement. Red flag laws will inevitably lead to innocent people caught up in the feeding frenzy to keep guns out of the hands of “crazy people.” Do these crazy people include current and former members of the U.S. armed forces who suffer from PTSD? In November 2018 a 61-year-old man is dead after he was shot by an officer trying to enforce Maryland’s new ‘red flag’ law.
Government imposed red flag laws can’t stop a killer from killing.
These 17 states and the District of Columbia have passed red flag laws: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii (effective Jan. 1, 2020), Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada (effective Jan. 1, 2020), New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
As Joseph Stalin said,
“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”
At some point red flag laws will be used to kill the idea of the right of the people to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This is the current end game of many politicians, Republican and Democrat alike.