After the Parkland High School shooting, MSNBC’s Brian Williams tracked down one of the surviving students to interview. However, after Williams prompted the teen, hoping he’d call out President Donald Trump and demand gun control, he wasn’t prepared for the student’s “solution.”
Each time a deranged killer, who’s very often a registered Democrat, obtains a firearm and flouts a “gun-free zone” to shoot up innocent civilians, the party producing such monsters points its finger at Republicans and pushes us one step closer toward gun control. Of course, after each new law restricting gun ownership, Americans witness an increase in gun violence and mass shootings, showcasing the direct result of few guns in the hands of citizens leading to more murders of unarmed citizens.
However, common sense and repeated proof still elude the bleeding-heart liberals, who display their willingness to twist a terrible tragedy for political gain. Unfortunately for them, there are still those who have faced the wrong end of a psychopath’s firearm without allowing their emotions to cloud their judgment.
Immediately after reports of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, left-leaning MSNBC was chomping at the bit to ambush teen students, still suffering from the shock of witnessing their friends and teachers die, in a bid to scoop up some negative press against President Donald Trump and the GOP.
Hoping to play off of the young victims’ emotions, the mainstream media outlet tracked down a pair of brothers who had miraculously survived the carnage only to ask them what could be done to stop such a horrific event, according to Mediaite.
Overtly attempting to elicit a demand for gun control from the teens, MSNBC’s Brian Williams asked senior Brandon Minoff how he would stop a tragedy like the recent shooting if he were a lawmaker in a “decision-making position.”
Much to Williams’ dismay, Brandon not only dodged the political bait but refuted the idea that gun control would prevent criminals from securing firearms, instead pointing to the root of the problem, saying, “it has to do with mental health.”
“If you were a lawmaker, an adult in a decision-making position, how would you stop, do you think, the kind of thing that happened today — a kid who’d been thrown out, comes back with a weapon, and takes out whatever grievance he’s been walking around with in his head?” Williams asked.
“Gun-wise, I don’t think there’s any way to prevent it,” Minoff replied. “You outlaw guns, it just creates higher demand for it. I think it has to do with mental health, though. If he’s been expelled three different times from three different schools, I think he should be helped out.”
Upon hearing Brandon’s incredibly mature and logical response, Williams quickly moved on to another topic in a clear attempt to distract viewers from the truth. Realizing that he wasn’t going to get the teen to bash President Trump, the GOP, or the NRA in an effort to promote gun control, Williams changed the subject, asking the teens if they had lost anyone close to them in the shooting. Fortunately, neither had suffered the loss of a close friend or teacher, unlike so many other students at the Parkland school.
Brandon focused his responses on the character of the shooter, former student 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, and his obvious mental health issues, which were unacceptably left untreated.
“I had two classes with him back sophomore year,” Brandon began. “I never really associated with him or talked to him until one day I got paired to do a project with him and he just started talking to me. He was telling me about how he got expelled from two different private schools, he was held back twice, he had aspirations of joining the military, and he enjoyed hunting.”
Unfortunately, even Brandon as a tenth-grader could see that Cruz’s odd behavior pointed to a sinister underlying problem.
“I just always thought that he was unusual and strange, always sat alone twiddling his thumbs, keeping to himself,” Brandon said, adding that Cruz would often “laugh at himself.”
“I wasn’t surprised but it was kind of unfortunate to hear,” he concluded.
Brandon cleverly used his pivotal moment on the live broadcast to shed light on one of the biggest issues plaguing America today — and it has less to do with weapons than Democrats would have us believe. Restricting firearms merely treats the symptom, and not in a productive manner.
Of course, aside from mental health issues, shooters have something else in common. In a study conducted on all mass shootings in the U.S. over the last 60 years, all but 2 took place in gun-free zones. The study also concluded that arming a minimum of 10 percent of faculty members in schools, along with adding one resource officer, would decrease school shootings by around 70 percent. If this, instead of gun control, had been implemented, nearly three-quarters of all individuals murdered in school shootings would be alive today.
Of course, the event was entirely preventable, as reports have been leaked, confirming that the FBI was warned in September about Cruz’s suspicious behavior and that some feared a possible school shooting after a YouTube account under the suspect’s name included threats about carrying out the massacre.
On 36-year-old Ben Bennight’s video, the account in question posted a comment declaring, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” leading many to believe that Cruz had purposefully left a trail of breadcrumbs that were ignored by the authorities. Bennight’s report was one of at least two overlooked by the FBI, which did not share the tips with local law enforcement.
Disturbingly, FBI special agent Robert Lasky made several excuses for not taking the threat seriously, including alleging that the bureau couldn’t track down the account’s owner.
“No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment,” Lasky said during a news conference. “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment.”
Even a teen who has faced the terrifying reality of gun violence is logical enough to buck his feelings and admit that gun control is not the answer. If only liberals were this factually minded, there would be few school shootings committed by their own registered voters.