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I live nine miles from Parkland, Florida. Weeks after Nikolas Cruz murdered 14 students and three staffers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I wrote that Cruz was the byproduct of "it takes a village" guaranteed-to-fail Democrat outcomes.
One year later, few have been held accountable, but the Democrat anti-gun cult has strengthened.
Officials - Charge - Time - Shooting - Show
Most of the same dysfunctional officials in charge at the time of the shooting are still running the dystopian show in Broward County, which is Florida's version of New York City and San Francisco. There is one positive exception: Broward's Sheriff Scott Israel was removed last month from his post by newly elected governor Ron DeSantis. Israel, whose monthly salary was $16,000, will appeal his exile.
Parkland was a perfect storm of collective failure. The FBI failed to follow up on Cruz on several occasions. Obama educational standards, enacted without Congress's approval and designed to reduce minorities' encounters with law enforcement, peddled lax disciplinary standards for troubled students. The Broward County Public Schools were aware, for over a year, of Cruz's school shooting obsession. And not only did Israel's deputies fail to act on several tips about Cruz's alleged violent tendencies, but they also failed to act the day of the massacre. Post-Parkland, Israel proclaimed himself an "amazing" leader.
Aftermath - Event - Events - Lens - Time
In the aftermath of such a shocking event, it is somewhat difficult to view events through the lens of real time, as law enforcement and Parkland officials were receiving tips and statements from Cruz's classmates. Though it was smaller in scale than the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attacks, the same questions were asked about Parkland: what went wrong, and how do we prevent this from happening again?
It's accurate that local law enforcement were somewhat limited in their ability to stop Cruz due to state laws that make it difficult for police...
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