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When we focus on crime in the State of Florida, we much prefer to stay on the lighter side of the spectrum; the “Florida Man” stories, if you will.

If you aren’t yet familiar with “Florida Man”, allow me to give you a brief synopsis:

Picture your average, middle of the state adult male from the State of Florida.  Whatever you picture as this person is likely a very distinct possibility.  Now imagine that this man, from Florida, commits some bizarre crime, and the local newspaper writers just can’t waste the opportunity to craft a clever headline.

Now if we think of Florida Man as some sort of super criminal who is committing all of these acts, the idea is pretty darn funny, and has spawned all manner of pop culture references.

Unfortunately, the flubs that we’re talking about today won’t be quite as hilarious.

We’re talking, of course, about the sordid history of horrific oversights made by Florida authorities in the lead-up to two of the nation’s worst mass shootings of all time:  Omar Mateen’s ISIS-inspired rampage in an Orlando Nightclub, and Nikolas Cruz’s “demon voice”-guided gunning down of his former classmates in Parkland.

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In both cases, authorities were perfectly aware of these young men before they carried out their atrocious acts, but chose to do nothing.

Now, from Florida once again, we are given an example of systemic failure within our legal gun system.

The Florida state office responsible for conducting national background checks for concealed weapons permit applicants failed to do so for more than a year, according to a state investigation reported on Friday by the Tampa Bay Times.

Beginning in February 2016, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services did not conduct the checks because the employee in charge of the procedure was unable to log into the necessary FBI federal database.

The Times reported that a state Office of Inspector General investigation discovered the state employee’s technical trouble with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The OIG probe was previously unreported.

The investigation — concluded in June 2017 — found that the employee in charge of the background checks, identified as Lisa Wilde, was negligent.

Florida, we get it.  You’re a state of beautiful beaches and plenty of fantastic weather, but we need you guys to, at the very least, get your essential personnel on board with this gun safety stuff.

Nikolas Cruz was “going to shoot someplace up” and you did nothing.  Even when he was shooting someplace up, you were doing nothing.  Omar Mateen was living with an FBI informant for eleven years.

Unacceptable, Florida.  Get it together.

 

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