Obviously the liberal narrative has been set: Do not blame the shooter, a radical ideology (Islam), the wife who didn’t report the shooter’s intended actions, or the FBI. Gotta blame the NRA, of course.
Via NY Post: Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday blasted Congress’s failure to restrict access to assault weapons like the ones used in the Orlando massacre, saying pro-gun lawmakers are political prostitutes who put the NRA ahead of the American people.
“Shame on them,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“They are totally beholden — they prostitute themselves in front of the NRA. They are putting the interest of their own political careers and that of the NRA ahead of the American people.”
The harsh comments came when Bratton was asked about a bill rejected by the Senate shortly after the killing of 14 people last December in San Bernardino that would have prohibited people on terrorist watch lists from buying assault weapons.
“If you’re on a terrorist watch list, you can go buy a gun. If you’re on a no-fly list, you can go buy a gun. Or as they are now proposing in Congress … if you are under investigation by the FBI for potential terrorist-related activity, that you might be precluded from getting a gun,” he said. (Mateen wasn’t under any current investigation by the FBI. In fact, the FBI found no sufficient evidence to continue with their investigations. As a result, Mateen was not under investigation or surveillance when he committed the massacre.)
“With this Congress, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for any meaningful action.”
The commissioner defended the FBI from criticism that the agency made a mistake by removing Orlando shooter Omar Mateen from a terror watch list after monitoring him for 10 months beginning in 2013.
“The individual responsible for these murders here was interviewed by the FBI two or three times several years ago and was deemed at that time not to be a person that would warrant full-time surveillance going forward…,” Bratton said.
“We have limited resources to work with. The [FBI] is stretched very thin. In New York, I’m fortunate that I’ve got almost 1,000 police officers assigned to counterterrorism along with over 100 assigned to the FBI to work on these cases.”
He added that surveillance of one individual can involve the efforts of anywhere from 18 to 24 officers per day. “If you are dealing with hundreds [of people], who has that type of manpower and resources to be able to do that type of closed surveillance?”