Hispanic School Shooter In Florida: Disgruntled Minority Massacre Or Immigrant Mass Murder?
The latest school shooting in Florida killed 17 people and wounded 14. He’s been named as Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, a Hispanic of otherwise unknown ethnicity. This is from Time’s What to Know About Alleged Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz, as of now. [Archive link]
Seventeen people were killed and more than 14 were injured in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Authorities believe the suspected shooter worked alone. More than 3,200 students attend ninth through 12th grade at the high school, which is staffed by approximately 130 teachers….
However, Gard expanded on his account to the Miami Herald, telling the paper that he believed an email from the school administration circulated warning teachers that Cruz had made threats against other students. “We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” Gard said. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”….
Superintendent Robert Runcie of the Broward County School District told reporters outside the school they had received no concerns about Cruz. “We received no warnings,” he said. “Potentially there could have been signs out there. But we didn’t have any warning or phone calls or threats that were made.”
A student named Nicholas Coke interviewed on the scene by WSVN-7 described Cruz as a “loner.” Cruz apparently left school and moved to North Florida a couple months ago after his mother died. Coke also recalled a time in middle school when Cruz kicked out a glass window before getting caught, according to the Miami Herald.
“He had a lot of problems in middle school,” Coke said.
“He’s been a troubled kid,” an unidentified student who said he knew Cruz told local media. “And he’s always had a certain amount of issues going on. He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling.”
“He always had guns on him,” another unidentified student told WFOR-TV, who said Cruz was never shy about showing off his guns. “The crazy stuff that he did was not right for school, and he got kicked out of school multiple times for that kind of stuff.”
Another unidentified student described the suspect to CBS News. “The kid was crazy,” the student said. “I had engineering with him a couple years ago and he wasn’t allowed to come to school with a backpack and he would threaten students and break glass and get into fights so he got kicked out of school.”
“All he would talk about is guns, knives and hunting,” former classmate Joshua Charo, 16, told the Miami Herald. “I can’t say I was shocked. From past experiences, he seemed like the kind of kid who would do something like this.”
At VDARE.com, we talk about two kinds of mass murder, Immigrant Mass Murder, where an alienated immigrant shoots up a bunch of, mostly, Americans ( Virginia Tech) and Disgruntled Minority Massacre, where an American member of a minority (usually black) shoots up a bunch of (mostly) white people.
Except for the clue of the Hispanic name, we don’t know which this might be. We can see, however, that the problem has been going on for years, and the school authorities failed to either expel him for some time, and never had him arrested, although apparently he did enough things that would have got him arrested if he’d been doing them at work.
School shootings should be dealt with by teachers fighting back against the shooters–this is banned by the Gun-Free Schools Act, which not only forbids students to have guns, but also forbids the teachers, custodians and administrators to have guns. (In Florida, almost anyone who can get a teaching certificate can get a concealed weapons permit.)
They should also be dealt with, after the fact, with the death penalty. That’s at least theoretically possible with this 19-year old shooter, but the the Supreme Court decided in 2005 that if you are under 18, you can kill as many people as you like without being executed.
Finally, on the gun control question, we get this thought experiment from Reason’s Robby Soave:
Let’s say it turns out the following is true: wall-to-wall media coverage of mass shootings increases their prevalence (shooters like the attention). Would you support a law to limit coverage of such events? We’ll call it news control.
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) February 15, 2018
No, of course not. But perhaps the media could exercise a little self-control–the same self-control they use to never tell us the race of a criminal.