The issue is “responsibility”.
While Cruz was the psychopath criminal in this incident, there are a large number of people that didn’t fulfill their “responsibility”.
Time and again (dozens) police were called to stop him. Not one time did anyone insist on prosecuting him for a number of probable crimes. Not once. This is why he had a clean record.
Mental health councilors, social workers and administrators were all satisfied that Cruz signed a pledge to take his medications. They took no responsibility to follow up.
Neighbors that suspected him of burglary and observed him stealing things from the yard didn’t bother to confront this difficult child, leaving the responsibility to deal with him to others.
The school administration kept not confronting an obvious problem for politically correct reasons, eliminating the “school to prison” pipeline. Their prior approach had been to have “zero tolerance” and take away staff judgment rather than allow them to use their experience to do their jobs responsibly. When too many of their undisciplined wards ended up in trouble, they balked.
Why were these children undisciplined? It’s clear that parents shirked their responsibility to set limits and seek help for truly damaged and mentally ill children.
When the parents that took in Cruz after his mother’s death were interviewed, they claimed that they didn’t have a clue that he was dangerous. Their blind generosity apparently didn’t include taking responsibility for their actions. Like many psychopaths, Cruz was apparently charismatic enough to fool those closest to him.
Finally, the one hired armed security “resource officer” responsible to protect his school’s children didn’t enter the building where he heard multiple shots being fired. He shirked his responsibility and did not due his duty. While police and government agencies do not have a duty to protect individuals or groups of citizens, an armed security guard hired for the purpose clearly does.
Cruz is clearly responsible for his crime. Everyone that had an opportunity and reason to stop him before the event failed to do so.
Now we should take away the right to defend yourself from similar psychopaths from law abiding people that do take responsibility for their actions and self-protection? Poppycock.
It’s not the gun. Cruz had one because, in spite of his serious problems, he had a clean record. Clearly, these tragic deaths were caused by the perpetrator and everyone that avoided responsibility by not stopping him sooner.
We have more than adequate laws on the books to stop violent crime and the misuse of firearms. Passing more laws will not solve any problems, especially in a world of people that don’t take responsibility for their actions.