According to a poll conducted by the Rasmussen polling organization, the majority of Americans believe that the government bears more responsibility in the fatal St. Valentine’s day shooting in Parkland, Florida, than a lack of gun control. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey found that 54 percent of American adults believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who supervised three officers on the scene at the shooting whose response has been called into question, is facing calls for his resignation or ouster. President Donald Trump severely criticized the sheriff’s alleged failure to take preventative action even when the confessed shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from school for violent and menacing behavior. Also, the FBI had received multiple notices from citizens of their concern that Cruz was a risk to the community.

In the Rasmussen poll, 33 percent of the American adults polled attribute the 17 deaths in Florida to a lack of adequate gun control. Eleven percent blamed something else. According to Rasmussen, among Americans who have children of elementary or secondary school age, 61 percent think the government is more to blame. Just 23 percent of these adults fault a lack of adequate gun control more.

Ninety percent of all Americans say they have been following news reports about the Florida killings at least somewhat closely, with 53 percent who have been following very closely.

Rasmussen’s survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 25-26. 
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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