By Steve Neavling
For conservatives, mass shootings are never about the guns.
Donald Trump Jr. continued the blame game Thursday by faulting the FBI for the deadly mass shootings in Maine, saying the bureau could have prevented the massacre if it hadn’t been focused on investigating “MAGA patriots.”
“The Maine shooter was (as always) known to law enforcement, previously committed to a mental institution and prohibited from owning firearms,” the former president’s eldest son posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“If only the FBI would stop spying on Catholics, concerned parents at PTA meetings, and Maga patriots maybe they’d actually stop real terrorists for a change rather than trying to create them,” the former president’s eldest son said.
Trump Jr.’s suggestion that the shooter was known to law enforcement appears to derive from a police bulletin that was sent to authorities nationwide after the massacre. According to the bulletin, Robert Card, 40, had been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks during the summer and had been “hearing voices” and threatened to shoot up the National Guard Base in Saco, Maine.
The manhunt for Card continued Friday morning after authorities say he killed 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, and wounded 13 others.