Dad Who Lost Child in Shooting Unleashes on Biden After Seeing Video: ‘Don’t Use My Daughter’s Death to Advance Your Political Agenda’
When the White House decided to mark the fifth anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting with a video of President Joe Biden making yet another demand for more gun control, it was aiming to capitalize on the pain of families for its own ends.
But the father of one of the girls who died in the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wasn’t going to let the political opportunism pass.
And in a scathing Twitter post responding to Biden’s statement, Ryan Petty didn’t hold back.
“Don’t use my daughter’s death to advance your political agenda,” Petty wrote, the words virtually dripping with scorn.
“Because of your politicized FBI, failed Obama era school discipline policies and a Sheriff that cared more about his image in the community than enforcing the law, a maniac was allowed to attack a school. Try learning what really happened.”
Don’t use my daughter’s death to advance your political agenda. Because of your politicized FBI, failed Obama era school discipline policies and a Sheriff that cared more about his image in the community than enforcing the law, a maniac was allowed to attack a school. Try… https://t.co/XdbTgnDNmI
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) February 14, 2023
It’s become almost a tradition for Biden to use the Parkland killings to push his agenda — and for Petty to hit back. But if Democrats want to keep going to this well, they’re going to keep choking on the facts.
The failings that surrounded the Parkland shooting that killed 14 students and three school staffers are numerous and well-documented.
The gunman, student Nikolas Cruz, could have and should have been enrolled in an alternative high school for special needs students long before the shooting, but was not.
The Broward County School District’s policies for student discipline, stemming from recommendations by the Barack Obama White House, put an emphasis on avoiding involving law enforcement for criminal behavior to avoid the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
It was an approach Scott Israel, the sheriff of Broward County at the time of the Parkland shooting, had actually bragged about during his re-election campaign in 2016.
And it was an approach that helped Cruz stay in the school despite behavior problems, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, though the Broward School District initially denied it.
Even warnings that had gone to the FBI — and could have potentially averted the shooting — were ignored by the bureau. The Justice Department didn’t admit fault, as the New York Post reported last year, it just agreed to pay $127.5 million to the families of victims. (To normal people, that sounds like 127 million admissions of fault, but normal people aren’t Justice Department lawyers.)
And the response of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on the day of the shooting was a disaster, marked by cowardice displayed by the deputy assigned to
Source: The Gateway Pundit