17 Killed in School Shooting in Parkland, Florida – Trump Claims Russia Investigation Distracted the FBI 18 Feb 18

Nikolas Cruz, 19, confessed to carrying out the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and has been charged with 17 counts of murder.

Mr Cruz had been expelled from the school he has confessed to attacking.

Trump tweeted on Feburary 15:

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

17 Killed in school shooting in Parkland, Florida - Trump blames community and school - One fo Trump's first acts was to roll back obama mentally ill regualtion. Caricature cartoon APT

Vice Mayor of Florida’s Broward County

Mark Bogen, the vice mayor of Florida’s Broward County, said on February 16, about President Donald Trump:

“Him coming here is absolutely absurd, and he’s a hypocrite. How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is when you support these laws?”

“So President Trump now, based on his actions, allows mentally ill people to purchase guns when over a year ago they could not.”

“Comes down here and wants to act as though this is horrible, and this shouldn’t happen, but goes back to Washington and supports it.”

“It is hypocrisy, it is absolute hypocrisy.”

Will Trump Revist Gun Laws?

Trump offered no indication he is willing to revisit the nation’s gun laws, instead emphasizing the mental health aspect of mass shootings.

One of Trump’s very first acts as president on February 28, 2017, was to roll back Obama-era regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of mentally ill via H.J. Res 40.

The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.

President Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.

Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said the move

“Marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.”

The FBI’s Response

The FBI released a statement on February 16, it states:

On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about 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.

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.

Donald trump’s Response on the FBI’s Statement

On February 17, Trump tweeted:

“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

17 Killed in school shooting in Parkland, Florida - Trump claims russia investigation distracted the FBI - This does not align with the facts. Caricature cartoon APT

The call to the FBI went into the West Virginia call centre for the FBI – This was never relayed to the field agents on the ground, so to say that the FBI was distracted by the Russian investigation and was unable to do this, does not align with the facts.

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