Saturday, January 07, 2017

Florida airport shooting kills five.

Esteban Santiago
Courtesy of the Guardian: 

The suspected gunman who shot and killed five people at a Florida airport with a weapon collected from his checked baggage was reportedly an Iraq war veteran known to the US authorities. 

Eight other people were injured in the shooting, after which a suspect identified in reports as Esteban Santiago, 26, was taken into custody without any further shots being fired. 

The Broward county sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect was unharmed after his arrest. “No law enforcement fired shots. He is being interviewed by FBI agents and the sheriff’s office,” he said. 

Asked about any possible terror motives, Israel said: “It’s too early to say either way.”

If you listened to the news reports yesterday you probably heard that this young man flew from Anchorage to Florida where he apparently decided to start killing.

He only lived up here for two years during which time he worked as a security guard, after being discharged from the Alaska National Guard for "unsatisfactory performance." (He also served 10 months in Iraq.)

At one point he walked into an Anchorage FBI office to complain that the CIA was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic videos. They then called police who took him for a psych eval.

Apparently they did not believe he posed a danger to himself or others, and he was released.

In Florida Santiago retrieved his gun from his checked baggage, loaded the weapon, and without a word of warning started firing. He killed five and wounded eight others.

Santiago continued firing until he ran out of ammunition, after which he put down his weapon and laid spread eagle on the floor until the authorities arrived to arrest him. He was unharmed.

There seems to be a lot of blame to go around here.

Exposure to war, lax guns laws, ineffective mental health evaluations, poor security at airports, you name it.

However the main point is that this was a crime perpetrated with a gun. And without that gun the number of dead and wounded would be greatly reduced, or completely nonexistent.

We live in a society where guns are seen to be as American as apple pie.

But nobody slaughters five people with a wedge of apple pie.

I'm just saying.


  1. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Crickets from Sarah

    1. Anonymous9:13 AM

      Any chance Bristol f'ed this guy? I mean she did Wasilla, How much of Anchorage did she do?

    2. Anonymous9:19 AM

      Sailors daddy perhaps?

    3. Anonymous9:26 AM

      You're better than that. Really 9:13. You need fresh air.

    4. Anonymous2:19 PM

      News outlets just said it was 'specific' so yeah then ol Sarah rants some crap? Gulity?

  2. Anonymous8:44 AM

    MK Ultra much?
    A witness says there were 3 more shooters. Photo evidence supports this. Who are they? Where are they?

    Laugh me off, Ask me how many fucks I give when you do. But it was a nice shiny object just when Drumpf was getting his security briefing, about which he blatantly lied. See Rachel Maddow show last night.
    We are so fucked.

    1. Anonymous9:11 AM

      Oh Jesus Christ. Not the false flag crap again!

    2. Anonymous10:13 AM

      lol funny your comment was at 9:11 - the biggest false flag to date in 21st century.
      I love the humor of the universe!

  3. Anonymous9:08 AM

    The point is he had a gun when he himself had admitted mental health issues which were bad enough for him to seek help. He didn't get it, he obtained or kept the gun and five people are dead because of the NRA, ReTHUGS in Congress and resultant lax gun laws.

    1. Crystal Sage10:47 AM

      Exactly. He presented himself to authorities citing voices in his head and still he was allowed to keep his guns (or purchase them and ammo.) Thanks to the NRA's interference, common sense gun control is not part of the American Way.

      The lax way this was handled will be covered up by claiming that the shooter was a terrorist-inspired killer. That covers just about every such incident.

    2. Anonymous11:18 AM

      10:47: exactly! Especially since he claimed to have been watching Islamic videos, ergo he must be an Islamic terrorist sleeper agent...

    3. Anonymous2:20 PM

      good ol shitty services by Alaska gov...

  4. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Once again a mass shooting occurs and all politicians have to offer is "thoughts and prayers". Well, Cuz, the f'ing prayers aren't working and never have. It's simply a throw away statement. Take the GD guns away from nutcases and stop the prayer BS once and for all.

    1. Anonymous10:03 AM

      Aren't thoughts the complete and utter opposite of prayers? I mean, thoughts are reality-based. Thoughts *and* prayers should cancel each other out.

  5. Anonymous9:10 AM

    steemit? Let me laugh at you. I beleive you lose inflence bits for that.

    1. Anonymous10:14 AM


  6. You always here about the good guys with guns taking out the threat and saving the day. But you rarely hear about that actually happening.

    1. Anonymous9:32 AM

      But wasn't the shooter "one of the good guys"?

    2. Anonymous9:40 AM

      It's "hear" but your point is well taken.

    3. Anonymous10:45 AM

      This is correct. If there were a "good guy or gal" with gun out of all those people in the airport it did not help. One thing we should do is listen to him. He said somebody forced him? Who? When? where? Why? How? What? Something happened to him. And it has happened to other young people.

  7. Anonymous9:39 AM

    What blows me away about the Mat Su valley is that apparently Tina Sena is as illiterate as one of her "employees" often mentioned here.

    1. Anonymous9:57 AM

      He lived in Anchorage. But let's not generalize please. I am from anchorage and I went to Yale.

    2. Anonymous2:19 PM

      What a bizarre comment having nothing to do with the topic. The reason behind it (an out of the blue attack on Sunny) reveals real and scary mental illness. I hope someone can get you help before you're the next one we hear about shooting up people in a public place.

  8. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Question. Do we think republican congress got the deficit down in the last several years because they want to drag it back up in the near ish future? Because from what I see, their desires will raise it. After they lowered it.

  9. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Good grief, it appears this post really brought out the unhinged. I say enough with the guns, time for some serious locking up of the guns and more mental health care money.

  10. Anonymous10:03 AM

    WTF is wrong with managing the sale of the ammunition? A gun isn't going to do harm if you can't get the ammo and big magazines to use. The ignorant Rethugs thwart sanity at every turn.

    If we can't get movement on the guns can we do something to halt the sale of ammo, especially the huge supplies the perpetrators get online without any hitches?

    1. Anonymous11:24 AM

      If you are really intend on shooting, you can make your own ammo. Our neighbors did that all the time, filling empty shells with whatever stuff (I never paid attention to it, and they were not crazy guys - they went occasionally hunting, but never turned the guns on any humans (except during war, which both father and son had served in, WWII and Korean War, and some other, more current ones, but not Iraq or Afghanistan).

    2. Anonymous2:17 PM

      Tax Ammo

  11. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Only baggage was his gun.
    Nothing weird there I guess. Everything else was carry on I guess.

  12. Anonymous10:39 AM

    OT? Truth Tell:

  13. Anonymous1:27 PM

    OT: True dat>
    "important detail to consider is that truck drivers are well-paid. They provide a middle class income of about $40,000 per year. That’s a higher income than just about half (46%) of all tax filers, including those of married households. They are also greatly comprised by those without college educations."

  14. Anonymous2:22 PM

    News said it he 'specifically came to kill'? Gee Sarah what brainwashing crap did you arrange for this to happen? Did Barstool bang the poor fuck?

  15. Anonymous7:02 AM

    I am surprised this hasn't happened before, interesting other terrorists haven't thought of doing this, check the gun and ammo and they are passed all security at their arrival point.


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