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Florida Shooter Charged With 17 Murder Counts, Legally Purchased AR-15 Rifle

The NRA said “the AR-15 has soared in popularity” because it’s “customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate.

Via CBS News:

An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and an AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Fifteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recovered from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Nikolas Jacob Cruz was booked into the Broward County Jail early Thursday, still wearing the hospital gown he was given after being treated for labored breathing following his arrest. Just before gunfire broke out, some students at the school thought they were having another fire drill. A law enforcement source said the suspect appears to have pulled the school fire alarm, causing chaos, then started shooting, reports CBS News news senior investigative producer Pat Milton.

An official is familiar with the investigation is saying that Cruz legally purchased his AR-15 rifle about a year ago. Federal law allows people 18 and over to legally purchase long guns. At 21, people can legally buy handguns from a licensed dealer.

The NRA said “the AR-15 has soared in popularity” because it’s “customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate.” It is also versatile and can be used for “sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations,” the NRA said, adding the ability to “personalize” so many of the rifle’s components “is one of the things that makes it so unique.”

The NRA estimates Americans own more than 8 million of them.


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  1. I believe that the issue here is not guns or the NRA. I believe we should look at the root of the situation. I have been reading countless accounts of neighbors,friends from his former school. All tell a tale of a young man with mental health issues. They all noticed the issues but did nothing.I have read accounts of his isolation after the death of his mother.People noticed but did nothing. What if just one of those people reached out to the guy? Now he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Florida’s statute on Mental Health is written in such a way that they have incarcerated diagnosed Schizophrenic’s,people diagnosed with Dementia and even a man with an IQ of 68 (which means the intellectual ability of a 10 year old) serving life for murder. The correctional system has no mental Health Care. After about a year incarcerated. Mr Cruz will be accessed by a Physicians assistant and prescribed a psycho-pharmaceutical. The diagnosis rendered by any court ordered psychiatrist or psychologist, will not have any bearing on care he should but doesn’t get. This is a case that should effect a change in that Elephant in the room ,mental health

    The families of Mr Cruz’s victims are in my thoughts and prayers. I mourn for Mr Cruz too! I mourn for the person he might have been if one person reached out. I mourn for the victims of the next shooting because no one said anything

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