Out on the hustings and trying to turn cold bodies into political points, Hillary Clinton gave a NPR an interview in which she shared her ideas for preventing future attacks such as the one in Orlando.
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Hillary Clinton told NPR that in order to counter “self-radicalization” she wanted to create a team “exclusively dedicated to detecting and preventing lone wolf attacks” and possibly even expand terror watch lists.
Clinton suggested that getting more information to local law enforcement could have helped prevent this attack.
“We need to look carefully at this,” she said. “Should we have a broader database? If someone comes to the attention of the FBI not once but three times, that suggests that law enforcement needs to know, that people need to be more aware.”
“If there had been a broader list that would have triggered the comprehensive background check required under Brady, that might have put a big red flag in the way of him purchasing the assault weapon plus the ammunition,” she later added.
This is pure hokum. The Orlando shooting shows how even a system that operates as designed fails if there is no political will or moral courage to make it work.
There was no shortage of intelligence here. The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, had been under FBI scrutiny over a period of years. He had been interviewed at least three times by the FBI. Yet he worked for a Department of Homeland Security contractor. He had obtained a security guard license and bought his firearms legally. One really wonders what more intelligence would be needed or with whom that intelligence would have to be shared to make any difference if the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department simply refuses to act on what information it does have.