US President Donald Trump on Saturday February 17 accused FBI of failing to prevent the shootout that left 17 dead in a high school in Florida ruling that the federal police, on the other hand, spent "too much time" investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Donald Trump's charge against the FBI comes as he faces criticisms of its links with the NRA, the powerful gun lobby in the United States. But the shooting also highlighted a serious failure of the FBI, which admitted receiving a call in January from a relative of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, alarmed by his deviant behavior and murderous intentions.
" It's a shame that the FBI has missed all the signals sent by the Florida school shooter.It's not acceptable, "the US president tweeted. "They spend too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion, get back to basics and make us all proud!" he added, even though it is no longer the FBI that has been leading the investigation into the Russian case since May, but the special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
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 collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
In the aftermath of the shooting, Donald Trump had insisted on the killer's mental problems, saying nothing about the right to own a weapon guaranteed by the second amendment of the Constitution, nor on semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used by the shooter.
"Shame on you"
At a rally on Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a survivor massacre strongly denounced the ties of the president with the NRA. "To all politicians who have received donations from the NRA, shame on you," shouted Emma Gonzalez, after blasting Donald Trump for receiving financial support from the powerful group during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Shame on you" , took over the crowd in chorus.
"If the President told me on the face that it was a terrible tragedy (…) and that "I can not do anything about it, I'll ask him how much he has touched the National Rifle Association, I know $ 30 million," said the 18-year-old girl with shaved hair. "What are these people worth to you, Mr. Trump?" she said, comparing it to the number of victims of shootings that have bloodied the country since the beginning of the year.
"The fact of being allowed to buy automatic weapons is not a question politics is a matter of life and death, "said the high school student later. Emma Gonzalez is at the end of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located in nearby Parkland. It was hidden in the amphitheater when Nikolas Cruz opened fire in the corridors of the establishment, killing 17 people, most of them teenagers, before fleeing and mingling with the crowd. The murderer was arrested an hour later.
Nikolas Cruz was psychologically monitored for behavioral problems but took advantage of lax legislation in Florida to legally purchase his weapon last year. At his age, many Americans could not buy a beer or cigarettes. However, several warning signs were triggered until recently on the risks posed by the young man. A social inquiry launched as part of a self-mutilation revealed in September 2016 that he wanted to buy a firearm.
"Mr. Cruz has recent cuts on both arms." Mr. Cruz said that He is planning to buy a firearm, and we do not know why he wants to buy the firearm, "says a terse report from the South Florida Sun Protection Service. Although these facts indicated "certain implications" for his safety, these services at the time concluded that the young man was adequately followed by his school and in an institute specialized in mental health.
Nikolas Cruz was followed "because he was designated as a vulnerable adult because of mental disorders," according to the newspaper. The FBI admitted Friday a serious failure having ignored January 5 a call from a relative of Cruz who described his murderous intentions. The local police were also alerted to Cruz's dangerousness, CNN said. Her adoptive mother, who died last year, "repeatedly asked the police to come to her home to help her cope with her violent attacks, threats, and self-destructive behavior."