By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) Backdoor: There’s an old saying that goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
English writer Aldous Huxley expounded upon it when he said, “Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions; it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.”
Politicians and other elected officials scrambled to get ahead of the fallout from the Parkland, Fla., school shootings in February after it was discovered that a series of systemic failures — on the local, state, and federal levels — contributed to the deaths of 14 students and three faculty members.
The admitted shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was a known quantity to both the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, as well as students and administrators at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School he eventually attacked.
Everyone knew the kid had mental problems but no one did anything to intervene on his behalf despite literally dozens of opportunities to do so.
The school administration even went so far as to ensure Cruz avoided being incarcerated at any level, where he might have, at least, received mental health services at some point.
But rather than address any of that — along with the cowardice of the armed school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson — elected leaders are returning to the same old ‘solution’ as a way to finally ‘solve’ the rising incidents of school shootings and other violence.
This time, rather than call for outright confiscations (though the most extreme Leftists have done so), Democrats and some Republicans have devised a new way to take guns away from people under the color of law and ‘good intentions.’
As reported by the Sun-Sentinel, three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that encourages all states to enact laws that are similar to a new Florida statute allowing the state government to seize guns from people who have been deemed by a court to be dangerous to themselves or others.
The paper noted further:
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre — in which 17 people were killed and 17 injured by a shooter who had previously exhibited mental health issues — Florida established a type of restraining order that allows guns to be taken away from dangerous people.
Since the law took effect, Broward County leads the state in issuance of such orders.
“Already in Florida, dozens of incidents now have taken place where law enforcement has used that law to take guns away from people who could do harm who posed a threat to themselves or to their community,” noted U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat whose district includes Parkland.
At a news conference in Washington, D.C., Deutch said the shootings in his district prove why such laws are needed.
“We cannot do anything to bring [victims] back, but my God, if Congress can’t come together to take action, figure out how to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, then we don’t deserve to be here.”
Seven other states have similar laws: California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., introduced a similar federal bill in March; some House lawmakers are planning to do the same.
Nelson and Reed are huge gun-grabbers, so right away it’s proper to question Rubio’s motives.
Here’s the problem with this legislation: Left-leaning states will use it to deem people mentally unfit for improper (read political) reasons. We’re already seeing the Alt-Left characterize conservatives as “crazy.” Now just imagine it on a nationwide scale.
Nikolas Cruz fell through so many cracks in the existing system he should have been permanently crippled. Had he been arrested and convicted of just one crime he could have been relieved of his guns.