CNN analyst Andrew McCabe, a former FBI Deputy director, questioned Tuesday’s effectiveness of red-flag laws after a shooter opened fire on a Fourth of July celebration. Seven people were killed and many more injured.
McCabe discussed the shooting in Highland Park (a suburb of Chicago). Robert Crimo, aged twenty-one years old, is charged with opening fire at the parade and killing seven people. 24. were also injured. Christopher Covelli, spokesperson for Lake County Major Crimes Task Force said Tuesday that Crimo was believed to have plotted the attack several weeks before the event.
McCabe stated that authorities will likely concentrate their efforts to find a motive. “We could also learn about potential motivations by going through these videos. We know this person has posted. What would they be looking to find there?” John Berman, CNN anchor, asked. (RELATED: Senate Passes Bipartisan Gun Control Legislation)
“So, they’re looking, first John, for evidence of planning, of intent, how long he was thinking about staging this attack, they’re also looking for other people who may have helped him in his preparation, or execution of the attack, maybe supplied him with the weapon or provided him with planning assistance. McCabe stated that anyone who knows what the man was about would be considered.
I think that this is the core of all we’ve been discussing lately about red flag laws. There has been much excitement about the new national legislation providing an incentive for states to establish red flag laws. We now have another case where a mass shooting suspect is sending out signals which his family and associates may have seen, yet the law enforcement has not been notified. This raises questions about how effective these red flag laws can be .”