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Grassley: Government must do better to follow processes to prevent gun violence



This news story was published on February 20, 2018.
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BUTLER COUNTY, IOWA – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Google, Inc., which owns YouTube, to explain why warnings about threats by the man who later carried out the tragic mass-shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., did not result in preventative action by law enforcement.

Charles Grassley

“See something, say something. That’s what the government asks of its citizens. But the government must also follow through when vigilant Americans speak up, and the government is responsible for following the laws and regulations on the books designed to prevent tragedies like the one in Parkland. Last fall in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we saw the horrible result of the government’s failure to correctly submit names to the NICS registry. And now we are witnessing what happens when federal agencies fail to follow multiple tips about a clearly disturbed and dangerous individual. The government must do better to follow these existing processes to prevent future tragedies. I hope that Director Wray will work quickly to address the breakdowns at the FBI and to cooperate fully with the Judiciary Committee’s oversight efforts. The public deserves answers and accountability so these mistakes are not repeated,” Grassley said.

According to news reports, the FBI received a tip in September about threats made in a YouTube comment, apparently by Nikolas Cruz, indicating a desire to carry out a school shooting. Though the FBI investigated the tip, it was reportedly unable to identify the actual person who posted the comment. On January 5, the FBI received another tip from a person close to Cruz warning of his violent tendencies and access to a firearm. That tip was not passed along to the appropriate field office for further investigation.

In a letter today to the FBI and Google, Grassley is seeking details on the steps taken to investigate both tips, to identify what information was available, and to explain where breakdowns occurred. Grassley’s letter to Google asks whether law enforcement requested information on the YouTube comment and whether Google maintained information that would have assisted in identifying the individual responsible for the threatening posts.

Click the following links to read the letters to the FBI and Google.

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15 Responses to Grassley: Government must do better to follow processes to prevent gun violence

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    What more could they do – according to Infro Wars the fib was notified twice – not to mention the local yokel police dept 39 times- hell he threatened to kill 20 students at various times — Can you say kick ball poo shit?

    • Nada Racist Reply Report comment

      February 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      “According to Info Wars” – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 8:16 am

    The answer is easy. Enforce the laws we already have and get law enforcement to follow up on tips. Do away with the Gun Free Zones. They are nothing but a shooting range for the mentally ill.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Good work Chuck – not many HONEST elected officials around anymore. Take that to the bank !

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 1:41 am

      The only thing Chuck takes to the bank is his NRA money and lots of it too

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Here’s a chiller for you brain – could you every imagine they were told to stand down ? Hell of a sequence for the dems and getting rid of the 2nd amendment – would not put ANYTHING past the evil people.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 7:56 am

    The blame is everywhere EXCEPT on the worthless people who could have prevented this — FBI – and local law enforcement – Lackies and not trustworthy in our society. Pitiful group of liberal morons and like any self centered rat they scream at the top off their worthless lungs – ban guns – working great in Soro’s Europe we see.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 3:28 am

    simple solution for the schools. lock all doors and the front main door is the only access point. hire a guard armed with a ak47 to sit at the front door with full internet capability and full access to students names and a picture of them. a panic alarm that rings straight to the PD. what you think??

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks Mr. Grassley. I appreciate the job you are doing, please keep up the good work as I know you will.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Hahahaha
      Thanks for the laugh hahaha

  8. Grass Fire Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    This guy is a double mouthed, dripping, idiot liar. Vote this guy out of office.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      What reasons are you using to stoop so low to call names? Good luck finding a politician you can completely agree with. Maybe you should run for office and find out how easy it is!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 22, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      There’s a good reason why nobody comes to you for advice.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Drops the crayons and step away from the color book, Chuck. So tell me Mister whats your master plan. In Israel schools they assign just 3 teachers out of 20 to be lock, loaded, conceal. The beauty of the plan is that nobody knows who they are. Zero shootings. Are we now heading in this direction, Chuck.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Veterans can do the same. Pay ’em Mister.