Democrats love to suggest that gutting the Second Amendment would have prevented any number of mass shootings, as if the guns themselves call out for use, or create an unquenchable thirst for blood in their owner. And, rather offensively, they tend to turn up the volume on this rhetoric in the immediate aftermath of such tragedies, mixing emotion and politicking together in some unholy symbiosis meant to galvanize their base and keep them in office.
It’s a dirty trick, and one that we’ve come to expect in the 21st century.
Now, as we learn ever more about the tragic attack that took place at a Colorado grocery store this week, it is becoming rather apparent that there were plenty of opportunities to prevent this crime from occurring – and these opportunities had nothing to do with gun laws whatsoever.
The suspected gunman who killed 10 people in a mass shooting at a Boulder, Colo., grocery store this week was previously known to the FBI, according to a report.take our poll - story continues below
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old from the Denver suburb of Arvada, was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing law enforcement officials. No further details were reported.
Boulder police identified Alissa as the shooting suspect earlier Tuesday. He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and booked into the Boulder County Jail.
Mental illness is believed to be the most likely motive in the case.
A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting said the suspect’s family told investigators they believed Alissa was suffering some type of mental illness, including delusions.
Relatives described times when Alissa told them people were following or chasing him, which they said may have contributed to the violence, the official said.
Hernandez said Alissa also would act strangely sometimes, turning around suddenly or glancing over his shoulder. “He would say, ‘Did you see that? Did you see that?’” Hernandez recalled. “We wouldn’t see anything. We always thought he was messing with us.”
The FBI has been strangely close to a number of mass shooter prior to the execution of their evil deeds, which calls into question just who effective their current surveillance protocols are.
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