Pat Buchanan On Nikolas Cruz: "The System Failed Up & Down The Line"

Authored by Pat Buchanan via,

In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together.

But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart.

The perpetrator, the sick and evil 19-year-old who killed 17 innocents with a gun is said to be contrite.

Having confessed, he faces life in prison. For the next half-century, Nikolas Cruz will be fed, clothed, sheltered and medicated at the expense of Florida taxpayers, including the families of those he murdered.

Cruz’s punishment seems neither commensurate with his crimes nor a deterrent for sick and evil minds contemplating another Columbine.

It didn’t use to be this way.

On Feb 15, 1933, anarchist Giuseppe Zangara tried to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in Miami. His arm jostled, he killed instead Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. Five weeks later, on March 20, 1933, Zangara died in the electric chair.

Swift, sure and pitiless, but that legal justice system worked.

With Cruz, the system failed up and down the line.

Cruz should never have been allowed to purchase or possess a gun. He was angry, alienated, isolated. Police had been to his family home to deal with complaints 39 times. Yet he had no arrest record when he purchased his AR-15.

Classmates at Douglas High had speculated that if there ever were a school shooting, Cruz would be the one to do it. The FBI was alerted a month before that Nikolas Cruz was a time bomb ready to explode.

The NRA was not responsible for the system-wide failure from Douglas High to the FBI. As the NRA’s Dana Loesch told CPAC Thursday:

“The government can’t keep you safe and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government that’s already failed us numerous times to keep us safe.”

As for the AR-15, it is the most popular rifle sold. Five million to 8 million are in circulation. Veterans since Vietnam have trained with, and many fought with, the M16, which is first cousin to the AR-15. Veterans are among the millions who own them.

While all agree AR-15s should be kept out of the hands of crazies like Cruz, the establishment insists that it is the gun that is the problem.

We hear demands that AR-15s be banned and confiscated.

Proponents should put that proposition to a vote. But a prediction: The moment it is brought up for a vote, sales of AR-15s will explode, as they have before. If the weapon is banned, as alcohol was banned in Prohibition, millions of law-abiding Americans will become law-breakers.

And who will barge into America’s homes to seize and collect the rifles?

Moreover, if people have decided to mass murder classmates or co-workers, inviting “suicide by cop,” are they going to be stopped from acquiring a semiautomatic by a congressional law?

Have our drug laws halted drug use?

Many of the guns confiscated by police are in the possession of thugs, criminals and ex-cons who have no legal right to own them. Yet, if we are going to prosecute the illegal sale or transfer of weapons severely, we will have hundreds of thousands more in prisons, at a time when we are instructed to empty them of nonviolent offenders.

As for mental illness, it seems more prevalent than it used to be, and the numbers of those on medication seems a greater share of the population.

Do doctors decide which of their patients are fit to own a gun, and which are not? Should doctors be held criminally liable if they fail to alert police and one of their patients uses a gun in a violent crime?

Who will maintain the federal registry of the mentally sick unfit to own a firearm?

The anger and anguish of those who lost family or friends in this atrocity is understandable. But passion is not a substitute for thought.

There are twice as many guns in America as there were just decades ago. And a primary reason people acquire them is because they believe they need them to protect themselves and their families, and they no longer trust the government to protect them.

They view the demand for banning and confiscating specific weapons as a first step down the inexorable road that ends in the disarmament of the people.

Most mass shootings take place in gun-free zones, where crazed men of murderous intent know their chances of maximizing the dead and wounded are far better than in attacking a police station.

Our embassies are defended by Marines with M16s. Security guards with guns defend banks and military bases, presidents and politicians.

The best way to protect kids in schools may be to protect schools, and run down and incarcerate the known criminals and crazies who are the primary threats.



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GUS100CORRINA Budnacho Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

Pat Buchanan On Nikolas Cruz: "The System Failed Up & Down The Line"

My response: I AGREE COMPLETELY!!!!!!!!!!

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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Endgame Napoleon Stuck on Zero Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:20 Permalink

He did mention the apparent increase in mental illness in this country. What is causing this trend if it exists? Some might say that, instead of an upsurge in mental illness, it is a moral vacuum. 

He mentioned the awful, unprofessional negligence of a bunch of government employees of various types.

What he did not mention was the parents. They are either producing more mentally ill murderers, biologically, through no fault of their own, or they are failing to teach the basics of morality---the most fundamental part: do not murder. 

Either way, the school shootings must stop....yesterday.

If Swampers had any sense, they would use military people who are currently on the government payroll without adding a cent to the budget since they are already employed. Take them out of far-flung places around the globe where troops are questionably stationed, assigning them to guard all the entrances in American schools. Their wives will love to have them back here. 

They should pass the Cruz-Grassley bill, allocating some money to install metal detectors and bullet-proof glass in schools. Swampers spend $116 billion per year on illegal aliens, but they cannot spend $30 billion on that? Not believable. 

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Pi Bolar Beam Me Up Scotty Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:25 Permalink

This is a millennial problem. Access to guns has changed very little for the youth of today versus yesterday. See when the baby boomers were eyeing out the cheerleaders and the hottest girl in school wouldn't hang out with a spotty little turd like Cruz they didn't run out and mow the school down in a hail of gunfire due to rejection. The millennial kids want everything and expect it now or they take revenge. Back in baby boomer time there was respect for cheerleaders and hot girls only wanting the football jocks.But no one got slaughtered for the rejection. Anyway the hot chicks usually ended up marrying a wife beater and ate themselves obese while the rejected nerds came out ok on the marital front. Just my observation. 

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daveO Pi Bolar Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

50-60 years ago, the SSRI's didn't exist. Gigantic High Schools didn't exist either. A MSM hell-bent on gun grabbing also didn't exist. The first inkling I had of the gigantic HS problem, and it's effect on teens, was when The Breakfast Club (1985) came out. Public schools have only gotten bigger since.

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The_Dude lloll Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:33 Permalink

Fun fact: 90%+ of these mass shooters come from broken homes with no father present. 

Bonus fact:  When did the surge in mass shootings really take off?  In the 1970's, shortly after 'no-fault' divorce started coming in.

Other fun fact: boys raised in a single mother household have higher cortisol (stress) levels and lower testosterone levels than those raised with a father.

What the feminist won't admit fun fact: Testosterone is central to male emotional control and not to aggression as they would like to have you believe.

Low emotional control and high stress responses are likely key characteristics to lead to young boys being put on SSRIs.

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DuneCreature Budnacho Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:50 Permalink

Marky is a bot with a really fast trigger finger.

Best annoyance bot defense = Ignore – No votes up or down, no replies, just ignore. ….. If they get no attention and they will go away after a while.

Live Hard, Or Kick Them Around Like An Empty Tomato Juice Can And They Will Move In And Bring Their Dozen Kids, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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DuneCreature Dr. Acula Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

LOL! ……. Definitely more entertaining. … The visuals give me the Willies. .. I’m way too afraid to click that link.

Live Hard, I Am Sending The Link To Ms Creature At Work As A Gag. ….. I’m Either In Like Flynn Tonight Or Sleeping On The Back Porch Under A Tarp. …….. I’m An All Or Nothing Kind Of Guy These Days, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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DuneCreature samsara Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:50 Permalink

Great, samsara,...Ms Creature hasn't sent me a message and said have my gear on the porch by the time she gets home. ... So far all's quiet on the Western Front. ......... It could be a trap too.

How's life treating you?

Live Hard, The Phone Lines Could Have Been Blown Out, I Suppose, I Need To Crawl Out And Check Them, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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Distant_Star Bill of Rights Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:02 Permalink

What is really infuriating is the incompetent political hack "progressive," Clinton supporting (((Sheriff))) Israel of Broward County who failed to arrest Cruz despite years of problems and warnings.  Further, his cowardly "deputy" chose to protect himself during the shooting but did nothing to aid the students and school staff in immediate peril.  The sheriff, who implemented politically correct law enforcement policies that let Cruz escape arrest despite numerous offenses, is directly responsible for these failures.  Despite this grave failings, he is allowed to act like a spectator who bears no culpability in failing to prevent this crime.  He calls for gun control as the solution to his incompetence, while also pointing the finger at failures by the FBI.  The (((MSM))) gives him a free pass because he is a Democrat operative and gun control cheerleader.  The FBI is certainly guilty of failures and should be held fully accountable for failing to stop this incident.  When compared to the Broward County Sheriff's Department the FBI's failings pale by comparison.  They, not the FBI, were the first line of defense.  Since Israel is a Dem he will never resign, and the gutless Florida governor will never remove him from office.  Disgusting. 

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Dilluminati Distant_Star Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:21 Permalink…

get them while you can..

I'm leaning to the Saint for free-floating and better trigger…

But 499 with tax and registration/check


Note there are CA and MD models but cunts own them.

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daveO Dilluminati Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

Just 11 days after Remington filed bankruptcy.…

Remington’s reputation has also flagged in recent years. The company fell under intense criticism after the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which gunman Adam Lanza used a Remington Bushmaster AR-15 rifle to massacre children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary. A lawsuit seeking to hold Remington partially liable is pending before the Connecticut Supreme Court. Remington also recently settled a class-action lawsuit over alleged defects in some of its rifles, as CNN Money reported.

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HRClinton Bill of Rights Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

You can bitch, moan and complain, or you can Mitigate and Act.

Do what I do: [1] Live in safe Zip code, [2] teach you HS/college kids Op Sec and [3] use Body Armor to maximize survival odds.

[1] Live in Safe ZIP code, with best HS in state. Don't be a lazy, fat f*ck. Be there, be involved.

[2] Op Sec: (a) Active Situational Awareness of surroundings and people, just like spooks are. (b) What to do in TSHTF situation. How to duck, cover or run properly.

[3] Body Armor: (a) Get some, (b) Use in backpack. E.g.… (from quick online search)

Like I said... bitch, moan and complain, or... Think, Plan, Do

p.s. I'm so f**king sorry, if I didn't tickle your funny bone. Not!  It's a serious issue, that requires serious people with serious solutions -- not standup comics and wankers.

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VWAndy Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:15 Permalink

 All they got is lies folks. Dont fall for it and try to make sure the others nearest you dont fall for these stunts either.

 Its not that everyone lies. Thats just human nature. Its that we fall for the lies so easily. Working on that part is one thing we can and should be doing.

Mike Masr Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:28 Permalink

The crooked FBI is in overdrive trying to cover their asses.

Between covering their asses and putting out new fake anti-Russia conspiracies

they have NO TIME to do their real jobs as crime fighters!

DuneCreature Akzed Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:39 Permalink

By 'everyone' I hope you don't mean Joe 12-Pack (in cans) and Soccer Balls Marge, Akzed.

Do you mean everyone inside the DC beltway? ... Yeah, I'd say 3 out of 4 of the true players know. .... Remember there are also a bunch of little Winged Chump Monkeys in DC too. ... But they don't know what they don't really want to know and have 'proof' because if they haven't seen it on CNN and it never could or would happen if Wolfman Bluster hasn't briefed them on it over TV dinners. ......... Just before the important stuff like "The Voice" further interrupts their little HO gage model train of thinking.

Live Hard, Patty Tows The Rope-A-Dope Political Intellectual 'Meet The Press Gang' Official Propaganda Line Of Gibberish. ... If It Sounds Truthy And Like Complete Crap At The Same Time That Is A DC Fine Art. ... Pat Knows He Just Ain't Tellin', Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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Chupacabra-322 DuneCreature Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:53 Permalink

The era of both Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Crime Syndicate families of the Bush’s, Clinton’s, Obama’s their Criminal Agents, Operatives, NGO’s & Front Companies in the Highly Compartmentalized Levels of Intelligence from around the World GCHQ is mercifully coming to an end.  That’s speaking in terms of the last 29 years between the Criminal Bush’s, Clinton’s & Obama’s but more specifically the CIA ability to Infiltrate all “Intelligence” Agencies, NGO’s & Front Companies with Agent & Operatives assets over the decades.  The Information Super Highway Criminal Counter Intelligence Surveillance & targeting of a Political opponent.  The ramifications of where we find ourselves at this critical moment cannot be understated.


Their future can be summed up from this quote from “Poppy” Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Bush Senior.


"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us." George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon


You need to go all the way back to the days when governor Clinton allowed the CIA to run guns into Central America and sell drugs on the streets of America.  He gave them top cover they game him & Hillary a lifetime pass.  


In return, The American People received Tyrannical Lawlessness.


Bush Senior +Bill & Hillary Clinton + Bush Jr. (Cheany Handler) + Obama = CIA


That’s 30 years of Infiltration at all Levels of every Intel, Law Enforcement Agency(s), DOJ & virtually every Level of Government,(Local, State & Federal) NGO & Front Companies by the aforementioned Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA since they Executed Kenndedy.


30 + years of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA inflicting Tyrannical Lawlessness upon the American People.


This, from my perspective will end very badly.  Nothing less then “Scorched Earth” will surface when dealing with these Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths.  And, quite frankly, I don’t have a problem with spilling their blood.  


The time has come for bold leadership, fearless decision making & the absolute, total, complete Elimination of the CIA.  


The National Security Elimination Act of 2018 will achieve that goal with one stroke of a pen.  


The United States survived quite nicely for 130+ years with neither a Criminal FBI, CIA, IRS nor the Federal Reserve. Let's return to those better days ASAP.


As easily as The National Security Act was signed in 1947 it can & must be Eliminated.


Last time I checked.


We, the Republic owes absolutely NO alegence to any of the three Crimes Familes I mentioned or the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.


Eliminate the Familes & the House of Cards Collapse.



”Let Justice Prevail or the Heavens Fall.”

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Chupacabra-322 khnum Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:02 Permalink

These “Gangs” aren’t exactly functioning in the “Occult” anymore.


It’s all out in the open now.  “Illuminated”, for all the World to see.


You are missing the obvious.. the deep state wants/orchestrate the school shootings..

The US population must be disarmed for the satanists to start their culling of humanity..

500 million..



That’s what the Stones say.  


These Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths love their “Hidden in plain view” Deception.

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Grandad Grumps Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

Sure it is tearing us apart, just as all fake government actions tear us apart from the government. Ultimately I suppose that the people will become united against the fake government and fake media (the HUnger Games society). It just takes a while for some people to wake up to the truth.

If those controlling the government expect people to act like they did in the first half of the 20th century then they are stupid. An increasingly large percentage of the people can smell BULLSHIT. We are all Charles Lindberghs now.