Sunday, February 18, 2018

Achievable action for Parkland

Another school shooting.  17 innocent people die.  This time in Parkland, FL.   Emotions are expressed in prayers, sad faces, candle light vigils, and protests.  Families hold funerals.

Details trickle out of opportunities lost to stop the murderer.   This particular case is egregious as multiple opportunities to stop it failed miserably: the FBI received two warnings (one very specific) that were not followed up; dozens of visits to the murderer’s home by police; expelled from school; Florida’s child welfare agency was called to investigate self-harming videos the murderer put online and concluded he was stable; mental health treatment likely with psychiatric medication; neighbors reported killing of animals; a friend’s parents allowed the murderer to bring a semi-automatic rifle into their home without knowing him well.