My profound grief over the Pulse Club massacre in Orlando is turning to outrage. The fact is that the control of guns, however laudable, is absolutely impossible. If the FBI were not entirely dysfunctional, we might be able to control those few psychotic mass murderers who are still out there in a workplace or plotting in a dark room within the home of a delusional mother in Connecticut.
Some, like Omar Mateen, who slaughtered 50 innocents early Sunday, are screaming their intentions to spouses and co-workers alike. Mateen’s ex-wife said that her ex-husband was a mad man who constantly expressed support for violent extremism and for ISIS. A co-worker interviewed by ABC said he had frequently threatened to kill all the black people on earth. He used the “n” word, of course.
The FBI has an annual budget of $8.3 billion. Might we the people expect that it could afford to hire an agent with the intelligence to detect a human time bomb, not ticking, but blasting like the sounds of an assault rifle in the hands of a homicidal, self-loathing, suicidal maniac?