Monday, May 26, 2014

Did Police Miss Chance to Stop Elliott Rodger?

The million dollar question at this point.

See Daily Pundit, "Why Didn’t the Cops and Gun Laws Stop This Whackjob Mass Murderer?":
The usual suspects are going to be all over various aspects of this case, which screws with several of their narratives.  First, half of the murders were committed with a knife – an inconvenient fact for the “confiscate and ban guns and all will be safe” crowd, and second, the cops – the very people who are supposed to protect us from everything once we surrender our firearms – weren’t able to prevent this guy from doing what he did, even when they had multiple “warnings.”  (Of course, nobody warned the cops that this guy was planning on committing mass murder – how could they have?)

In actuality, this whole thing is a major and deadly argument against all the phony verities the gun grabbers preach, because it demonstrates that yes, it’s not the gun, it’s the guy using it (or using a knife):  If somebody wants to kill, they can find a weapon that will work.  Also, the cops cannot prevent violence.  Police are a reactive force and, even here, when seconds counted, the cops were minutes away...

And at London's Daily Mail, "Santa Barbara police face internal investigation as it's revealed cops had THREE bizarre encounters with Elliot Rodger over the last year but didn't arrest him after finding him 'polite'."

Also, at Newsday, "Cops who checked on Elliott Rodger didn't see YouTube videos," and at the Los Angeles Daily News, "Authorities walk fine line on mental health holds."

FWIW, more at Scallywag, "Are cops to blame for missing Elliot Rodger plot? Found him polite…"