Mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport
I don’t comment on these types of things at the onset because everything you hear in the first few hours is almost always wrong.
In what could be a mass shooting designed to prove how dumb gun control laws are, one known wolf, as far as I can tell, did the following:
- Boarded a flight with a gun checked in his baggage. Though initial reports said he had the gun on the plane. I doubted that, otherwise it’d have been more deadly to start popping off on the plane.
- Once he landed, he went to the bathroom and loaded up his gun.
- Then proceeded to shoot people in the head.
- And he went there specifically to carry out the act.
Like most mass shootings, it occurred in a gun free zone. Most airports allow carry in the non-secure area but Florida doesn’t.
The gun used appears to be a Walther PPS. The PPS holds between six and eight rounds. The gun is legal in NY, MA, and other states with arbitrary gun laws because it holds less than some number of runds. It is, however, not legal in California because of legal mumbo jumbo. The guy had to reload at least two times, but probably three.
And he was known to the authorities:
In November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.
FBI spokesman George Piro confirmed he was evaluated by the FBI while living in Alaska.
He did go to our office in Anchorage, but he did not want to commit harm, the agent said. He voluntarily entered our office and was interviewed by agents of the office. He was turned over to local custody and then taken to a local hospital.
So far Santiago-Ruiz has no known connection to terrorism, with the exception of this photo showing him wearing an Arabic keffiyeh and pointing a finger in the air a symbol ISIL militants for their cause.
So, you can commit a mass shooting with guns oppressive states decide are good guns. And our national security apparatus didn’t keep tabs on a guy known to be a bit off his rocker.
But one more gun law or government program will stop this sort of thing, right?