Let's all take a breath and accept the truth, and that truth is the murderer of students at the Parkland, Florida, school was Nikolas Cruz. Period. Not the NRA, not law-abiding gun owners, and not the firearm.
Were there red flags, apparently ignored, leading up to this tragedy? Yes. Were there failures on the part of his guardians, local law enforcement, school district officials, the FBI, and the Florida DHS to mitigate this tragedy? Yes. Will enacting new meaningless knee-jerk laws such as universal background checks (whatever that is) and bans on certain firearms and magazines, while not enforcing current laws, prevent future shootings such as this? No. The 10-year 1994 assault weapons ban did nothing to prevent mass murders, according to the Department of Justice.
What needs to change, in my opinion, is parents need to take responsibility for their kids' behaviors and proactively seek professional help when needed. Stop being their child's best friend and be a parent. Law enforcement needs to follow up on tips (after all, that's what the tip line is designed for) and file reports. Enforce the laws currently in place. In this case the school district needs to drop its policy of not calling police when needed fearing their actions may appear to be racially biased. Like the social network or not, students use it every day. If students have concerns about another student, tell a parent or a teacher.
Until behaviors on all levels change, these events will continue to occur.
Albany (Feb. 28)