Over the last day or two all sorts of background details about the Florida school shooting have come to light and the gun-grabbers’ preferred narrative looks a little iffy. By far the worst hit to the narrative is that the policeman on site at the school (SRO in official parlance) stayed outside the school while the loser shot the place up. He was, apparently, joined outside by three other local cops and none of them entered the school:

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

According to the timeline in the middle link above, the loser was only in the school for about seven minutes before dumping he firearm, running out and mingling with all the other panicked pupils. So almost certainly the three additional cops cowered outside while the loser ran past them and they remained outside until well after the shooting had stopped.

This does rather make the whole “only the police can be trusted with firearms” thing seem a bit ridiculous, especially as many people have pointed out that the police have no duty to protect citizens. When you combine that (h/t Tim Newman) with recent incidents where the cops shot people who weren’t a threat and that trust seems seriously misplaced. [Now in the second one there is some slight excuse in that the police had been falsely called to the location under the idea that there was a hostage situation in progress, but SWAT teams have shot plenty of other innocents as well as burning babies and blaming them for getting burned and killing many many pets so my sympathy is limited]

And then there’s the previous failures by various Law Enforcement branches in this case. Start with the FBI who received a very specific tip a month earlier.

“You know, it’s just so much,” she said on the call. “I know he’s—he’s going to explode.” She said she was making the call because she wanted a “clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up.”…

The caller began by saying Mr. Cruz had the mental capacity of a 12- or 14-year-old. She said he had started posting messages on his Instagram account that he wanted to kill himself and she’d alerted police to that threat, but wasn’t sure what happened in that investigation.

More recently, Mr. Cruz “switched it to he wants to kill people,” the unidentified woman told the operator in a somewhat rambling conversation.

“Something is gonna happen,” she said. “Because he’s, he doesn’t have the mental capacity. He can’t, he’s so outraged if someone talks to him about certain things.”

The caller described disturbing behavior by Mr. Cruz, including a propensity for cutting up frogs and, at least on one occasion, a bird

If that wasn’t enough the caller gave the FBI links to his social media pages where he actually talked about shooting up a school. Now it’s true that the caller didn’t give information about an actual crime, but if the FBI had looked at the previous record of this particular individual (the local cops being called, I believe, 39 times) and indeed IIRC the FBI themselves had had him brought to their attention before too perhaps they might have decided to pay him a visit.

Of course it doesn’t help that the SRO refused to share details with Florida’s Department of Children and Families (a.k.a social services) and possibly with others too.

Peterson is mentioned as part of a 2016 social services agency investigation into [the loser], the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman. According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report detailing that investigation, Peterson was approached by investigators and “refused to share any information . . . regarding [an] incident that took place with” the teenager.

That same year, the sheriff’s office revealed Thursday, it was told about “third hand information” from a “neighbor’s son” suggesting that [the loser] “planned to shoot up the school,” although the specific school was not listed. The sheriff’s office said that a deputy contacted the caller, determined that Cruz had knives and a BB gun and sent the information to the school resource officer – presumably Peterson – that information. It is unclear whether he investigated.

In his defense he was probably just implementing a policy agreed between the Police and the Broward County school district (more in the thread ) to cut down arrests of school children, particularly “minority” ones. Since the amount of crime didn’t decrease on its own, the way to do this was to ignore “minor crime” – the total opposite of the successful broken window policing policy. In other words rather than get success by reducing crime the bureaucrats decided they would cook the books and ignore crime and magically see the “crime rate fall”. As the thread shows eventually just ignoring the minor crimes turned out not to be enough to keep the crime rate falling so they moved onto ignoring more major ones until eventually they just ignored everything

And the SROs were the cops who could be most relied on to turn blind eyes. This helps explain why the SRO at the school in question both gave the loser so may passes and decided not to put his life on the line when things went pearshaped.

So having noted that the “trust the armed cops to do the right thing ” thing was wrong we also note that the “you can trust the government” thing is wrong too. That’s because the government is made up of individual bureaucrats and upper level bureaucrats (and presidents / attorney generals) set goals for lower level ones that they can’t meet. So since their salaries and bonuses are on line they decide to cook the books. And since nothing too bad happens they decide to cook the books some more so that they keep on meeting the metrics whether or not the metrics actually represent improvement in real life. This is not the first time this has happened, in fact the whole metrics detached from reality thing reminds me of another Florida disaster – the Challenger explosion. Richard Feynman explained:

“[T]his has had very unfortunate consequences, the most serious of which is to encourage ordinary citizens to fly in such a dangerous machine, as if it had attained the safety of an ordinary airliner,” Feynman wrote in the appendix. “The astronauts, like test pilots, should know their risks, and we honor them for their courage.”

“It would appear that, for whatever purpose, be it for internal or external consumption, the management of NASA exaggerates the reliability of its product, to the point of fantasy,” he concluded. NASA officials had likewise “fooled themselves,” in Feynman’s view, by treating the repeated observations of erosion in the O-rings during the testing phase as a mark of resilience, rather than a portent of disaster.

“When playing Russian roulette, the fact that the first shot got off safely is little comfort for the next,” Feynman noted.

In the Challenger case we only lost one teacher and a few billion dollars. In the current case we seem to have lost at least 17 teachers and/or pupils. Not to mention all the other rapes, thefts, bullying and other crimes that have occurred and been officially ignored – and which may well have led to suicides, even though no one will dare to officially make such a connection.

Of course as a bureaucrat it is easier to blame the availability of firearms than to accept responsibility for setting in place the policies that meant a mentally ill teenager was able to buy a firearm and pass a background check in the process. The rest of us should just accept that these things happen because at the end of the day all the bureaucrats and the police officers went back home safe and sound, and that’s what matters.