Last Friday, I reported that Robbie Abell, owner of a Florida gun shop, reported Omar Mateen after he came in asking to buy body armor and ammo. Now it comes out that the FBI didn’t even bother to visit the store after Abell’s report. Were they too busy conducting “outreach” at the local mosque?
“FBI never even VISITED the gun store after owner reported suspicious Omar last month when he tried to buy ammo and surveillance has since been erased,” by Alexandra Genova and Mia De Graaf, Dailymail.com, June 17, 2016:
A gun store owner who reported Orlando shooter Omar Mateen to authorities weeks before the massacre has said the FBI did not investigate the store and that no copies of surveillance had been taken.
Robbie Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks, told ABC news that while there was a follow-up conversation with agents, the FBI never visited the south Florida store after he alerted them and failed to investigate further.
Mateen came into the store in May and asked for heavy-duty body armor like the kind used by law enforcement, which they did not sell.
After the 29-year-old was denied he asked to buy bulk ammunition. The request was shut down by staff who refused to sell him anything else.
Speaking Thursday Abell said: ‘He slipped through the cracks.’
He also told how staffers had contacted the FBI after the shooting to remind them about their run-in, but the store’s surveillance tape had since been overwritten….
But even after Abell’s report, the 29-year-old self-radicalized gunman obtained an AR-15 and a semiautomatic pistol from another store in the area, bought stacks of ammunition, then opened fire at Pulse nightclub, where he killed 49 people and wounded 53….
What arrant nonsense. How does the criminally clueless Daily Mail know that he was “self-radicalized? They don’t. It just fits their narrative of how Islam is a religion of peace but its adherents are peculiarly and inexplicably susceptible to being “radicalized” by shadowy forces on the Internet who are somehow able to overwhelm years of teaching of the benign, peaceful Islam that the Daily Mail is sure is taught in every mosque in the West.