Interesting that for all the caterwauling about gun control from the left the past two days, none of them want to acknowledge that the guy who was registered as one of them still had no problem obtaining weapons even though he had already made appearances on not one, but two federal watchlists. So we’re not really clear what yet more laws would prevent.
The call at 911 in Orlando came in at 2:28 am, but the caller hung up without saying anything.
The source further reports that Mateen had purchased a Sig Sauer .221assault rifle at a firearms shop near his Florida home, St. Lucie Gun Sales, on June 4 and then a Glock 17 at the same store on June 5. Mateen had returned to the store a third time on June 9 to buy magazines for his weapons that he now used to fire round after round after round at defenseless people at the Pulse nightclub. Mateen left a third weapon, a revolver capable of firing only a mere six shots, in his van.
The store where Mateen bought the weapons is a federally licensed firearms dealer. Under law, the seller would have had to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation of Mateen’s purchase so that his name could be checked against the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.
An FBI spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment about whether the gun seller made the required check. However, it’s unlikely it would have raised any red flags.
Mateen was actually listed on two federal watch lists, a U.S. official told The Daily Beast: The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, which contains classified information, and the Terrorist Screening Database, which is the FBI’s central watchlist.
Oh, so there’s classified info on him? Great. Meanwhile, Obama still has no idea why any of this happened.
The gun background check would have run Mateen’s name against that second database. But he was removed from it in 2014, the official said, so the check likely would yield no results.
Even if it had, Mateen still could have purchased the weapons legally. The official said at most the FBI would be alerted that he was trying to buy the weapons and perhaps agents would have watched Mateen more closely.
At a high school in Florida, students watched the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, unfold on live TV. When the second hijacked airliner slammed into the World Trade Center’s south tower, the class sat in stunned disbelief. But one student, a classmate recalled, “started jumping up-and-down cheering on the terrorist.”
That was sophomore Omar Mateen, according to one of the accounts from former students in Stuart, Fla., remembering 9/11 and the reaction by the student who, nearly 15 years later, would carry out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The recollections of Mateen’s actions could not be independently verified, and the memories could be clouded by the years that have passed. But similar versions were detailed in separate interviews. As the snapshot in time, the recollections appear to offer yet another stitch in the wider tapestry of Mateen’s life and views before Sunday’s rampage, which included his pledge of loyalty to the Islamic State during a call to police during the standoff.
In an interview, Robert Zirkle, then a freshman at the Martin County High School, said he saw Mateen excited and making fun of how America was being attacked on 9/11. “He was making plane noises on the bus, acting like he was running into a building,” Zirkle recalled. “I don’t really know if he was doing it because he was being taught some of that stuff at home or just doing it for attention because he didn’t have a lot of friends.”
“Before 9/11 happened, we were pretty straight. We all rode the same bus. We weren’t really close friends, but friends at least a little,” he added, noting that Mateen attended the Spectrum Alternative School, a separate campus in Stuart for students with poor grades or behavioral issues.
“After 9/11 happened, he started changing and acting different,” said Zirkle.