There were background checks and red flag laws in Florida before the disturbed mental patient killed all those kids at the Parkland school. There was an armed guard at the school who ran and hid when Cruz showed up with the gun in his illegal backpack. Cruz bought the gun legally, so how did that happen with his track record? He was not listed as a mental case or dangerous in spite of dozens of evidence because of school and government policies that kept his disturbing trends under wraps.Well, my contention is that nobody should be issued with or allowed to own a gun until stringent background checks have been carried out to ascertain whether they're fit to have one.
So how should we fix the laws to prevent future similar attacks? Add background checks? No, those laws were already there. Add red flag laws? No. those laws are useless in cases where schools or the government conceal the crimes and disturbances of mental cases. Cruz was not allowed to carry a backpack to school because of his known mental illness and yet the mentally ill student entered the school unchallenged with his illegal backpack. That tells us that adding more gun laws would not have stopped a disturbed law-breaking mental case like Cruz.
Florida Shooting Suspect Nikolas Cruz Bought His AR-15 Legally (businessinsider.com)
- Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected of killing 17 in a shooting spree at Florida high school, legally purchased the AR-15 he allegedly used in the crime.
- Florida wouldn't require fingerprints, a special permit, or even a waiting period before Cruz bought his gun. Anyone over 18 can buy a rifle in Florida if they pass a background check.
- At 19 with no criminal background — despite Cruz's disciplinary record at school — all he needed was a few hundred dollars to buy the rifle.