While I was in a school library today, I happened to chance across a copy of a book titled, "Parkland Speaks", a short book that is a compilation of the thoughts of some of the survivors of the Parkland shooting of February 14, 2018, and edited by one of the school teachers. Since it's a short book, I skimmed through it in less than 30 minutes. If you get a chance, I would recommend reading it.
A week after the shooting, I published an an article titled, "how to end school shootings", which you can read at the link below.
Now that it appears likely that Joe Biden is going to be the Democratic nominee, gun control is likely going to creep into the conversation again, primarily due to the fact that allegedly plans to tap Beto O'Rourke as his gun control expert, a story that GOPUSA was quick to jump on.
A short time after the shooting, the Florida legislature passed a "red flag" gun law, which would have prevented the shooter from owning the weapons that he brought to school that day. If you read the history of the shooting, you'll notice that she shooter gave PLENTY of warning signs.
In 2016 and 2017, the sheriff's office received a number of tips about Nikolas Cruz's threats to carry out a school shooting. The FBI learned that a YouTube user with the username "nikolas cruz" posted a message in September 2017 about becoming a school shooter, but the agency could not identify the user. In January 2018, someone contacted the FBI tip line with a direct complaint that Cruz had made a death threat, but the complaint was not forwarded to the local FBI office.
Cruz had behavioral issues since middle school, but a Washington Post writer said the student was "entrenched in the process for getting students help rather than referring them to law enforcement." He was transferred between schools six times in three years in an effort to deal with these problems. In 2014, he was transferred to a school for children with emotional or learning disabilities. There were reports that he made threats against other students
Psychiatrists recommended an involuntary admission of Cruz to a residential treatment facility, starting in 2013.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel described Cruz's online profiles and accounts as "very, very disturbing". They contained pictures and posts of him with a variety of weapons, including long knives, a shotgun, a pistol, and a BB gun. Police said that he held "extremist" views; social media accounts that were thought to be linked to him contained anti-black and anti-Muslim slurs. YouTube comments linked to him include "I wanna die Fighting [sic] killing shit ton [sic] of people", threats against police officers and "antifa," and intent to mimic the University of Texas tower shooting.] In February 2017, Cruz legally purchased an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle from a Coral Springs gun store. At the time of the shooting, in Florida, people 18 or older were allowed to buy rifles from federally licensed dealers. The age requirement has since been raised to 21. Cruz passed a background check. A year later, he used this weapon to commit the mass shooting at his former school
This case also illustrates a few facts:
1) school counselors (of which there are too few) may have been able to forward "at risk" students to authorities
2) the assault weapons ban should be re-instated
3) students themselves can actually be the best defense, since they are more likely so see disturbing online posts from other students (I've already witnessed a few school lock downs because a student noticed an online threat from another student
4) EVERY state should have a red flag law, which would have prevented Cruz from buying his weapons and ammunition