Should Nikolas Cruz get the death penalty for the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida?“The answer is yes,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) said in a Monday interview with CBS Miami. “It’s a tough thing to answer because I have concerns about the death penalty — not in a case like this. I have concerns in the broader sense about how not everyone gets equal representation in death panels, but in this particular case, it would be hard to argue against the death penalty.”Critics blasted Rubio for what they deemed as a toothless response to the Parkland shooting, pointing out that he received political contributions from the National Rifle Association.Cruz opened fire Wednesday using an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 17 people, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. He admitted to doing it, investigators said. Even his attorneys aren’t disputing the allegations. … [Read more...] about Rubio Wants Death Penalty for Florida Shooting Suspect
Nikolas Cruz became a better marksman thanks to a large infusion of funds provided by the National Rifle Association (“NRA”) to Cruz’s former high school in 2016.The 19-year-old suspect is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after a Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida–the ninth most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Cruz was recently expelled from the high school for vague and unclear “disciplinary reasons,” according to local authorities. Prior to his expulsion, however, Cruz was a decorated member of the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (“JROTC”) Marksmanship team.Aaron Diener, a 20-year-old former classmate and JROTC Marksmanship team member, said, of Cruz: He was a very good shot. He had an AR-15 he talked about, and pistols he had shot. … He would tell us, ‘Oh, it was so fun to shoot this rifle’ or ‘It … [Read more...] about The NRA Spent $10,000 to Train Nikolas Cruz in 2016
The FBI admitted Thursday afternoon that it received a tip last September that someone using the name “Nikolas Cruz” posted a comment online which said, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” Now, of course, someone bearing that exact name is under arrest for living up to those very words — though it’s unclear if the suspect himself actually wrote the comments. Cruz is accused of gunning down and killing seventeen people in a Parkland, Florida, school this week.The FBI later said it was unable to verify the tip it received, but refused to say what steps it took to verify who wrote the comment.It’s not news that the FBI has received a few black eyes recently over questions of bias surrounding reports that an agent and an attorney working on the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election were both having an affair and trading text messages which made their political affiliations known to the … [Read more...] about Can the FBI Be Legally on the Hook for the Parkland School Shooting?
Steve Bannon finally appeared before the House Intelligence Committee after postponing several times, but Committee members weren’t satisfied with what he had to say, according to NBC News. While Bannon reportedly answered 25 questions during the closed-door session, he refused to say anything about his experiences with Trump after the November 2016 election.This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Bannon previously went before the committee, but with the same result. He wouldn’t discuss his time on Trump’s transition team or as a White House adviser. The House issued a subpoena after that encounter, and Bannon kept pushing off his testimony. Now that he’s finally gone before the Committee again, but without answering many of their questions, he could face serious consequences.Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told NBC News that he intends to speak with attorneys and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan about holding Bannon in contempt of Congress. … [Read more...] about GOP Rep Says House May Hold Bannon in Contempt After Stonewalling at Hearing
After a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blamed Democrats for bringing the tragic events into the political landscape. This comes just months after Cruz himself did the same thing after another attack.“The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it,” Cruz said on Fox & Friends. “So they immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.”Cruz was referring to comments from various political figures after the attack, which left 17 people dead, rekindled debate of stronger gun control.For example, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) wrote on Twitter, “How many more senseless tragedies does this country have to endure until Congress acts?”Countering this sentiment, Cruz warned that gun control wouldn’t work. He recalled meeting with victims of a mass … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz Rails Against Politicizing Tragedy Months After Politicizing Tragedy