Say something? FBI does nothing

Not only was the murderer of the Pulse patrons an employee of a global security firm the DHS uses as subcontractor to provide security to federal buildings, had been questioned twice by the FBI, was licensed as a security guard, and his wife knew of his plans; It so happens that, when  a gun shop which refused to sell him body armor and bulk ammo told the FBI about him, the FBI didn’t follow up:

Abell told reporters “we contacted FBI direct” after Mateen left the store but he did not elaborate on how investigators responded. He believed his employees did what they should have done, Abell said.

Law enforcement officials have told CBS News at this point, they have not found any evidence that the gun shop contacted police about Mateen’s alleged suspicious behavior.

Meanwhile, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wants to get rid of due process (emphasis added),

In fact, Manchin admits that the watch-list ban wouldn’t have worked to prevent the Orlando shooter from purchasing weapons, because the FBI had already taken him off those lists. That’s why Manchin proposes that the government simply remove civil rights for five years from anyone who’s been under FBI investigation

That civil rights suspension would include his own party’s presidential candidate, but I digress.

The FBI had removed the shooter from the terrorist lists. Small wonder people are arming themselves now, rather than later – there is no time for later.

Indeed, the Washington Post has an article by David Kopel at The Volokh Conspiracy on The history of LGBT gun-rights litigation

How it began

A 25-year-old gay man named Tom G. Palmer was walking in San Jose one day with a gay friend. They were accosted by “19 or 20” men. “They’ll never find your bodies,” the criminals said. Palmer drew his handgun, and the criminals fled. This was typical; about three-quarters of firearms deployments for self-defense end the crime immediately, without a shot being fired. (Gary Kleck, “Armed Resistance to Crime,” Journal of Crim. Law & Criminology, 1995, p. 185.)

Today, Palmer is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. In February 2003, a young lawyer named Alan Gura filed the case that would become District of Columbia v. Heller, challenging the District’s handgun ban and its separate ban on using any firearm for home defense. Palmer was one of the six plaintiffs.

I recommend that you read the full article.

As Richard Fernandez said, Historically it is state failure which drives civilian armament and not the other way around.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.