Most of the time, when a mass shooting happens, we find out that quite a few people knew that the person doing the shooting was displaying all sorts of worry behavior. In every one of these cases, one of several things turn out to be the case: no one reported it, or someone reported it, but authorities did nothing, or some authority didn’t follow the procedures that needed to be followed.
The shooting in Uvalde was no exception. It turns out that he was threatening people with violence, as well as being known for torturing and killing animals.
On one social media app, several people reported him for sending threats and just making some downright creepy comments. Since he wasn’t supporting conservative causes, the platform didn’t see fit to take any action. In other cases, people heard what he said and just didn’t report it.
“He would threaten everyone,” she said. “He would talk about shooting up schools but no one believed him, no one would think he would do it.”
His acquaintances knew him as someone who would catch, torture, and kill cats before carrying their mutilated bodies around in a plastic bag.
People knew all of this, yet no one reported it. Background checks don’t do any good if people don’t report things in a person’s background that will disqualify them.