As Democrats resort to using children as political leverage to advance their effort to void the Second Amendment following a Florida High School shooting, Republicans are blaming the FBI for the tragedy as political cover to save their election chances in November.
In the White House, Trump blames the FBI for being too preoccupied with Russia to notice the warning signs of Nikolas Cruz’s “mental instability.”
In an order demanding a review of the FBI, Attorney General Jeff Sessions concluded that “It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”
While it can be argued that the FBI should have done a better job—they admitted as much already—it’s absurd to conclude that this tragedy would have never happened “if only...” However, if we accept the conclusion of the Attorney General, then there is only one possible action we can take—reintroduce and revise H.R.5611 under a new name, the Minority Report Act of 2018.
H.R.5611 was originally presented following the Orlando shooting in 2016 and was intended “to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and obtaining passports, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.” (emphasis mine).
That’s the original version of the bill, but as I mentioned earlier, it will be revised. The Minority Report Act of 2018 takes the original legislation and makes it better with the creation of the PreCrime Department.
While it’s true that “warning signs” and “tips” can be an indicator of a possible future crime, PreCrime is able to see what’s going to happen before it occurs, even down to the time and place. Imagine how wonderful it would be to pass a law that actually ends gun violence, unlike the thousands of failed laws already on the books.
If the Minority Report Act of 2018 becomes law, the government will need to find three gifted Precogs who can previsualize crimes by receiving visions of the future, but that shouldn't be too hard for a government who expects the FBI to possess that gift. Still, once we have the Precogs in place, we’ll finally have a law that works.
Of course, the Minority Report Act of 2018 is satire used to prove the point that more laws won’t succeed in ending gun violence. However, more anti-Second Amendment laws will destroy our Republic, and that’s a crime that doesn’t require a Precog to predict.