Last week, Senator Marco Rubio tweeted about information that continues to emerge about the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who could have and should have, been stopped by several people who knew he had serious mental issues and the potential to commit acts of violence, yet they didn’t.
Rubio tweeted: “As more information emerges about #Parkland shooter it is becoming increasingly clear he could have & should have been stopped over 1 year before the tragedy at the school. But multiple government agencies failed to use existing laws to take action.”
— lilfair (@lilfair) March 19, 2018
Today, during the anti-gun, anti-Trump march in D.C., leftists attacked the pro-Second Amendment Senator, Marco Rubio, and his Catholic faith by calling him the “Catholic” Senator and posting #AshBloodyWednesday on a sign with Rubio’s image that included a bloody cross on his forehead. They also criticized Senator Rubio for his defense of the NRA, calling him an #NRABitch and a #KidKiller.
— soflconservatives (@soflconserve) March 24, 2018
Here’s another tweet blaming Senator Rubio for the unhinged 17-yr.-old mass killer who should’ve been forcibly committed for psychiatric evaluation.
Here’s another. pic.twitter.com/IAWrabMW9I
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) March 24, 2018
Here’s a portion of the New York Times article that Senator Marco Rubio tweeted about on March 18th, that apparently triggered the angry leftists. The article addresses the mental health issues and red flags surrounding the 17-yr-old mass shooter, who killed 17 students and seriously injured several more:
On the day an 11th grader named Nikolas Cruz told another student that he had a gun at home and was thinking of using it, two guidance counselors and a sheriff’s deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., concluded that he should be forcibly committed for psychiatric evaluation, according to mental health records obtained on Sunday by The New York Times.
An involuntary commitment of that kind, under the authority of a Florida state law known as the Baker Act, could have kept Mr. Cruz from passing a background check required to buy a firearm.
But Mr. Cruz appears never to have been institutionalized despite making threats to himself and others, cutting his arms with a pencil sharpener and claiming he had drunk gasoline in a possible attempt to kill himself, all in a five-day period in September 2016.
The revelation that school officials considered trying to commit Mr. Cruz under the Baker Act in 2016 appeared to be another in a string of missed opportunities to deal with the troubled young man. He went on to commit one of the deadliest school massacres in American history last month, killing 17 people and wounding 17 more using a gun he bought legally.
A Florida social services agency investigated Mr. Cruz after it was alerted about the same disturbing behavior in 2016, but it determined that he was at low risk of harming himself or others. Local sheriffs’ deputies were repeatedly called to Mr. Cruz’s residences but never found reason enough to arrest him. And the F.B.I. failed to investigate tips about Mr. Cruz’s apparent interest in shooting up a school, even after a woman called to say that Mr. Cruz had weapons and was “going to explode.”
At the time when school officials said they would initiate Baker Act commitment proceedings against Mr. Cruz, he apparently did not own any weapon other than a pellet gun. But five months later, after being kicked out of Stoneman Douglas High, he legally purchased the semiautomatic AR-15 rifle that he used to open fire on Feb. 14 in the school’s freshman building.
The mental health records, first reported by The Sun Sentinel of South Florida and The Associated Press, form part of the criminal case against Mr. Cruz, 19, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder in a 34-count indictment. Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty if he is convicted.
The records are from Henderson Behavioral Health, a local clinic that school officials called for help dealing with Mr. Cruz. The clinic sent a mobile assistance team to Stoneman Douglas High on Sept. 28, 2016, the records show, because Mr. Cruz had made threats and exhibited disturbing behavior following a breakup with a girlfriend. Mr. Cruz was also said to be upset that his mother, Lynda Cruz, would not let him get an identification card required to buy a gun. He wrote “kill” in a notebook in anger over her refusal, he told a counselor.
Mr. Cruz denied telling another student that he wanted to use a gun or that he had ingested gasoline, the documents say. He also said he would not hurt his mother.
Five days earlier, on Sept. 23, the day before Mr. Cruz turned 18, Ms. Cruz had summoned a different Henderson clinician to her home because Mr. Cruz was verbally aggressive and “punching holes in the wall.”
The clinician who wrote the Sept. 28 report concluded that Mr. Cruz “did not meet criteria for further assessment.” The sheriff’s deputy at the school, Scot Peterson, told a clinician that he wanted to initiate a Baker Act request against Mr. Cruz anyway, the records show, and two school counselors agreed. Under the law, he could have been held for at least three days of evaluation.
Deputy Peterson also said he would search Mr. Cruz’s home for a gun. And the Florida Department of Children and Families was called in to investigate.
But while the sheriff’s office did visit the Cruz home, Deputy Peterson apparently changed his mind about the commitment request the next day. One of the guidance counselors told the Henderson clinic that the deputy had decided Mr. Cruz did not fit the criteria for involuntary commitment. Clinicians had repeatedly concluded that the Baker Act would not justify committing Mr. Cruz because he denied having an intent or a plan to hurt himself or others.
Deputy Peterson was still serving as the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas High when Mr. Cruz carried out his deadly rampage. Surveillance video showed that the deputy remained outside the freshman building during the shooting and did not try to confront Mr. Cruz, in apparent violation of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office policy for dealing with active shooters. Mr. Peterson resigned and retired after the sheriff, Scott Israel, placed him under internal investigation.
Mark Levin pointed out that the media would likely never cover this disgusting attack on Senator Rubio by the left that called the father of three a “#KidKiller”:
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 24, 2018
— Captain Covfefe (@Nortonslogic) March 25, 2018
UPDATE to this story: Like everything else about this NOT GRASSROOTS march in D.C., it appears as though the professionally made sign that mocked Rubio’s Catholic faith and his defense of the Second Amendment, was only one sign in a set of 4. Does anyone know if George Soros has a printing press somewhere nearby?
They came as a set. pic.twitter.com/fxtNlubN24
— Sarah (@mamaswati) March 24, 2018
“Rea” pointed out the professional quality of these signs, once again revealing that nothing the left is not capable of a spontaneous protest or rally: “Wow! These kids are so talented! These “homemade” signs look just like some sort of graphic design business made them! So talented!”
Wow! These kids are so talented! These "homemade" signs look just like some sort of graphic design business made them! So talented!
— Rea (@REAsREAlity) March 25, 2018