Four Minutes of a Massacre that Demonstrate Why We Cannot Rely on the Police Alone by Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: We know about the FBI getting a direct, detailed tip about Nikolas Cruz and never forwarding it to their Florida personnel. We learned, in recent days, about the police responding 39 times to emergency calls at Cruz’s home over a seven-year period. It is easy to miss anecdotes about the shooter that are jaw-dropping: Long before he slaughtered 17 people at the South Florida high school he once attended, Nikolas Cruz had a disturbing way of introducing himself. “Hi, I’m Nick,” he used to say, according to an acquaintance interviewed by CNN. “I’m a school shooter.” I’m rather stunned that someone can call 911 and say that you’ve put a gun to people’s heads in the past, and they’ll walk away after a mere conversation because you had “hugged and reconciled” with the person you threatened. But the worst revelation, that left many I spoke to at CPAC last night almost speechless with anger, is the news that an armed sheriff’s deputy remained outside the high school building in Parkland, taking a defensive position and simply waiting for four minutes as the shooter murdered people inside.
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