Florida shooting red flags: the question of who to blame becoming more complicated

Florida shooting red flags: the question of who to blame becoming more complicated (Photo: SBG/CNN)

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to class on Wednesday, two weeks after a deadly shooting at their school.

"It's like the first step to moving on from the tragedy that happened," said Lorenzo Prado, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

But for investigators, the last 14 days have revealed misstep after misstep - red flags some say could have prevented Nikolas Cruz from being able to purchase guns in the first place.

Records now show more than 40 calls made to police to Cruz’s home by concerned citizens and neighbors.

“I was really afraid for my family, for my animals for myself,” said Joelle Guarino, a former neighbor who made one of those calls to an officer she says listened but didn’t act.

“He basically told me there was nothing he could do, unless he carried out a threat unless something happened,” she said in an interview this week with CNN.

On Capitol Hill, as the debate about guns rages on, lawmakers are now suggesting solutions to try to prevent similar cases from slipping thru the cracks.

“We need to have full accounting on why the FBI didn’t do their job here, why the Broward county Sheriff’s office didn’t do their job,” said Rep. Darin Lahood (R- IL)

“Obviously being far more vigilant on background checks - you look at the individuals that have been a part of these mass shootings. it, there were so many reasons for us to keep them from having arms, “ said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).

This week has also seen renewed calls to reconsider the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, giving family members and some others a tool to go to the courts, “to provide due process to an individual, but to go and seek a restraining order from somebody who is in crisis, who has been identified as a danger to themselves or others,” explained Rep. Salud Carbajal (D - CA), who sponsored the bill, in a news conference this week.

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