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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tim Scott: The system to prevent mass shootings is in place, it just needs to be followed

Sen. Tim Scott said he wants to make sure the systems in place to prevent mass shootings work better after 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday.

The South Carolina Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that several terrible shootings — in Charleston, S.C.; Sutherland Springs, Texas; and the most recent tragedy — could have all been prevented if the system worked.

“I want to make sure that we can solve that problem. When you look at the core components that are missing, it seems to be the system, when the system has not done the right job. In Charleston, the background check could have prevented that person … from getting a weapon,” he said.

He added, “We all say if you see something, say something. And Parkland community, we saw people reporting, there were 20 calls to the sheriff's department, they responded. The FBI received legitimate, credible tip and it was not followed up upon. What we have seen in three major atrocities is that the system that was in place simply was not followed.”

Scott is a co-sponsor on legislation to strengthen the nation’s instant background check system.



Anonymous said...

So if I understand the system, eliminate guns all will be fine/dandy.
Where do we get these elected officials from, Willy Wonka Land?

I guess knives, hammers, bombs, swords, cars, trucks, bats, poisons, hands, feet, etc., etc., etc. cannot be used for murder.

We have big problems here in the USA, but still find the time/money to spend on entertainment - i.e., Over $210Million made in the first 3 days of the movie Black Panther.

Wow, my priorities are not the same as the rest of the nation!

Anonymous said...

Senator Scott is right. Mentally ill persons can not buy guns. That law is on the books already. This latest shooter is clearly mentally ill. Everyone (and there were many) just overlooked the signs he was clearly sending out. He gave authorities many chances to prevent the massacre even to the point of using his own name. His what amounted to advanced notices (and I believe cries for help) that he was going to shoot up a school were all ignored.