While David Hogg and his fellow activists continue to make news by calling for increased gun control, an investigation team that includes several parents who lost their children at the Marjory Stoneman High School shooting has found that guns are far from the only factor that led to the loss of seventeen innocent lives.
The investigative team found that classroom doors could not be locked from the inside, forcing teachers to open the door, lock it from the outside and then shut it in order to prevent the shooter from entering the classroom. Even so, their efforts were in vain because the doors had small windows the shooter could fire through. This led to the death of several students who were sitting ducks in a locked classroom with no way out.
Furthermore, police departments responding to emergency calls from the high school were not able to communicate clearly with each other because the departments used different radio systems and were unable to merge them. To make matters worse, the city of Parkland uses a bifurcated 911 system, which means that calls coming from cell phones are directed to the Coral Springs 911 center, while landline calls come into the Broward sheriff’s office.
As most calls from the high school were naturally from cell phones, the messages were passed on secondhand to Broward County law enforcement officials who were first to arrive at the scene. Even so, after receiving information regarding what was happening in the school, a number of deputies opted to remain outside the high school instead of entering and engaging the shooter. Coral Springs law enforcement officials were the first ones inside the high school, and they were reportedly stunned and angered by the fact that their Broward County counterparts refused to join them.
At the same time, the conduct of local and federal law enforcement officials in the weeks and months leading up to the shooting can be described as nothing short of appalling. The Broward County Sheriff’s office has admitted that it received nearly two dozen phone calls from individuals regarding Nikolas Cruz but did not follow up on the information given. The FBI also received a tip that Nikolas Cruz had a desire to kill and could become a school shooter, but did nothing about it.
School shootings are undoubtedly tragic. Young people should be able to study in peace and safety without worrying that obtaining an education can be a fatal experience. That is why it is important to understand how and why school shootings occur so that they can be prevented in the future.
While blaming firearms and the Second Amendment has been a popular course of action after every mass shooting, a clear look at the evidence shows that there are always other factors involved. Hopefully, law enforcement officials and educational institutions will take all the factors into account in order to prevent mass shootings in the future.
~ Firearm Daily