Fla. sheriff’s ‘abdication of duty’ in shooting should be focus not gun owners: NRA

The Florida high school shooting that killed 17 students and staff on Feb. 14 is the result of a “dereliction of duty” by the FBI and local police who failed to adequately follow up on tips about the alleged shooter prior to the massacre, a National Rifle Association spokesperson said.

“This all stems from their dereliction of duty, and I know they say now it’s 23 times that they had calls in, in addition to two FBI tips and numerous reports from classmates” about the alleged shooter, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday.

“I wish that as much attention were given to the Broward County sheriff and their abdication of duty as trying to blame 5 million innocent, law-abiding gun owners all across the country for this,” she said.

Jacquelyn Martin/APDana Loesch, spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018.

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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced last week that two deputies were placed on restricted duty while the sheriff’s office investigates whether they “could have” or “should have” done more to respond to prior reports about the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19. The sheriff’s office received 23 calls related to Cruz or his brother since 2008, Israel said.

Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via APStudents are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2018.

Of the 23 calls, investigators think two of the cases “deserve extra scrutiny” to see if there was a policy violation by the deputies involved, authorities said.