How is the Parkland Shooting like Breaking Bad? The plot worsens every episode. I’m waiting for the news the principal was too busy grieving over his daughter’s overdose to notice planes crashing midair while kindergarteners marched for gun control. Because the latest report is almost as bad. Two counselors and Deputy Scot “Shots Fired, Don’t Go In There” Peterson recommended the Parkland shooter be “involuntarily institutionalized.”
MIAMI (AP) — Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month’s Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.
But the recommendation was never acted upon.
You know the adage “It’s the thought that counts”? Not in this case. Actually, I can’t think of any case where it does count, but that’s for another time.
The documents on the Parkland Shooter show he’d “written the word ‘kill’ in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend.” Which aren’t exactly healthy pursuits for a growing boy. Rather than a diet of Tide Pods and Gatorade, the Parkland Shooter drank gasoline. Well, one does.
Darn that NRA.
The documents were provided by a psychological assessment service initiated by [Parkland Shooter’s] mother called Henderson Behavioral Health. The documents show a high school resource officer who was also a sheriff’s deputy and two school counselors recommended in September 2016 that he be committed for mental evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act. That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days.
Such an involuntary commitment would also have been a high obstacle if not a complete barrier to legally obtaining a firearm, such as the AR-15 rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas massacre on Feb. 14, authorities say.
The shooter was a timebomb. Everyone knew it. Law enforcement did nothing. The FBI did nothing. Broward County Sheriff did nothing. Now we’re finding out the school, who had ample warning and the ability to commit the killer, did nothing. The deputy who wanted the kid committed was none other than Scot Peterson. Perhaps I already mentioned that. He did nothing multiple times. A serial layabout.
You may be wondering “To whom were these evaluations sent?” Fair question:
It’s not clear from the documents who the recommendation was forwarded to or why it was not followed up.
I bet they were sent to Dana Loesch at the NRA. Those gun nuts are always to blame for a series of government screw-ups. If not to the NRA, perhaps to Hillary’s server, stashed behind a toilet. Cleaned only with a cloth or something. Better yet, the evaluations were sent to Trump, who was too busy tweeting with liberal use of exclamation points, he missed all the signals.
Or, and bear with me here, the reports were sent to some other government official who printed them out to use as napkins at his dinner party.
But again, let’s blame the NRA. Let’s get financial backing from every single activist group to march against guns.