Throughout the duration of the Orlando shooting and its aftershock, the internet has been set aflame by a multitude of hypothetical scenarios and concurrent debate about them.
One of the biggest mysteries is how Omar Mateen, the Pulse shooter, was able to legally obtain a firearm despite prior investigations of him by the FBI.
“Our work is very challenging. We are looking for needles in a nationwide haystack. But we’re also called upon to figure out which pieces of hay might someday become needles,” FBI Director James Comey stated.
The fiery Andreas Tantaros didn’t take that too well. In a blunt tweet, she stated, “He was under surveillance & interviewed by the FBI 3 TIMES. That’s not a needle, that’s a ticking Islamist time bomb.”
She’s exactly right. The inability of the FBI to take action after three red flags have been thrown was quite curious.
We don’t want to advocate denying any American citizen, which Mateen was, his Second Amendment rights, even if he has been investigated by law enforcement three times — such individuals remain innocent until proven guilty, and if the law can deprive them of their rights on the basis of an unproven accusation, than all of our rights are at risk.
That said, how many investigations does it take Obama’s federal law enforcement officers before they realize that they have a potential terrorist on their hands? It’s hard to imagine that if the FBI were less hindered by political correctness, its agents could have determined the nature of the threat Mateen presented to the American public.
The alternative — that a radical Muslim could pull off the deadliest mass shooting in American history without ever having given law enforcement reason for concern — is too dreadful to contemplate.
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