We now know what happened in Parkland, Fla.: the failure of law enforcement on every level. The FBI received two specific, credible warnings about the Parkland shooter. It did nothing. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office received dozens of warnings — including one from the shooter himself. It did nothing to stop him from obtaining weapons. At least one and perhaps as many as four deputies were armed and present during the shooting. No deputy entered the school to confront the gunman.
Yet ardent gun-control advocates continue to claim that the National Rifle Association and law-abiding gun owners across the country are to blame.
On Sunday, Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg appeared with Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources. There, he tore into NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch for her supposed evil: “She’s a national propagandist for the NRA. . . . She wants them to think they’re on their side, she’s not. She’s actually working for the gun manufacturers. . . . She wants her base to continue attacking [police] so she can sell more guns.” With little pushback from Stelter, Hogg proceeded to defend Sheriff Scott Israel: “I don’t want to say anything until after the investigation is done, because I don’t know what happened.” He then accused Loesch of lack of support for law enforcement, calling her “hypocritical and disgusting,” and adding, “She owns these congressmen. She can get them to do things. It’s just she doesn’t care about these children’s lives.”
One need not lack sympathy for Hogg to point out that these statements are both idiotic and immoral. They are. Surviving such a tragedy does not grant a victim absolute wisdom or moral authority.