Heads need to roll. That’s the message Florida Governor Rick Scott is sending with his demand that FBI Director Christopher Wray resign over the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting. According to reports, the shooter and the FBI were in contact before the fateful event and the FBI dropped the ball on stopping him.
Now, Governor Scott wants someone to take the fall for the missed signals.
“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable. The FBI has admitted that they were contacted last month by a person who called to inform them of Cruz’s ‘desire to kill people,’ and ‘the potential of him conducting a school shooting.’
“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.
“We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.”
Here’s the problem or problems with demanding Christopher Wray’s resignation following the Parkland shooting. First, Wray hasn’t been in his post long enough to make the sort of changes that would have sent any person like the shooter up the chain of command. Second, if the shooter’s communication was handled by the local FBI field office, there’s a good chance Wray would not have known about it. In fact, there may have been local agents who deliberately withheld that information from the national office of the FBI. We on the outside simply do not know. We only know what we hear in public press conferences and statements released to the media.
Should FBI Director Christopher Wray resign? Over this shooting, probably not. However, the agency does need some administrative attention. This particular shooting demonstrates that.