The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows that Americans blame the government rather the guns for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, reports Breitbart.
According to Rasmussen, 54% of Americans believe government failure is to “blame for the mass shooting.” Only 33% of Americans blame guns. Eleven percent of Americans say they are unsure what contributed to the occurrence of the mass shooting.
When the sample group was adjusted so as to focus only on Americans “who have children of elementary or secondary school age,” the percentage of Americans who cite government failure as causal jumped to 61 and the percentage who blamed guns dropped to 23.
Breitbart news nicely summarized how the government failed Douglas High School on February 23:
“The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO) received 911 calls about Nikolas Cruz in November 2017. The calls referenced violence and erratic behavior. CNN reports that in one of the calls with the host family, with whom Cruz was living after the death of his mother, told PBCSO they feared Cruz was going to turn a gun on the family. The family member told deputies that Cruz was “buying “tons of ammo” and had allegedly put “put [a] gun to others heads in the past.” No charges were filed, no arrest made.”
“On January 5, 2018, the FBI received a tip describing “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The FBI did not act on the tip.”
“On February 14 Cruz attacked students and unarmed teachers in Stoneman Douglas High. A report from CNN claims four Broward County sheriff’s deputies were at the school as the attack was taking place but not one of them entered the school. On February 22 Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told ABC 13 that video showed deputy Scott Peterson by building 12 on campus, yet Peterson never went inside to confront Cruz. The CNN report quotes Coral Springs sources that claim there were actually four Broward County deputies on scene who did not enter the building.”
Breitbart also reported that Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scott Peterson was outside the school’s building while the attack happened. He never went inside and allowed the 19-year-old shooter murder 17 people.
Their were many laws broken that day as well, like the law not to bring a gun on school property or on to a “gun free zone,” or the statutes that murdering someone is against the law. There were many laws in place that were meant to prevent this kind of attack from happening, and yet it still did.
So Breitbart asks the question, what would one more law have done to save those 17 people?
And if the numbers from the Rasmussen report say anything, it’s that guns are not what people have a problem with, but rather the people who use them for vicious reasons.