A bigger nightmare

by BR on February 13, 2017 - 1:05am

In the article “Suspect arrested in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting that killed 5” published on January 06, 2017 by The Associated Pres is explained how a 26-year old veteran open fire in Fort Lauderdale Airport leaving five people dead and eight wounded. The associated press stated that the suspect, Esteban Santiago is under federal custody and they are looking for a motive. The Fort Lauderdale airport closed their services while they waited for authorities to come. It is claimed that the suspect was a veteran and served in Iraq but was discharged. George Piro, an investigator of the FBI revealed that Santiago is going to be charged federally. Also, he confirmed that Santiago went to FBI offices before but they turned him to the police where he was placed in a mental health facility. It is specified that Santiago flew with only a checked bag that contained the firearm. Christine Constantin from the Canadian Embassy located in Washington revealed that the shooter was not coming from Canada or a Canadian flight. The Associated press claimed that the airport was supposed to reopen the next day as a lot of flights were cancelled. However, the Fort Lauderdale airport realized that there were weak points in the security and that is necessary to upgrade and improve the security in many sections of the airport. There are witnesses that stated that Santiago was standing there shooting everyone and all what they could do was hide and pray they were not shoot by him.

If you would like to read more about this issue, you can find the full article in: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/fort-lauderdale-airport-shooting-1.3924610

We have to understand that this is a bigger issue. We should not focus in the motive of Esteban Santiago as is something that it already happened. The United States of America should focus in why and how this happened. In my opinion there is an only answer for these two questions, the allowance of firearms. Everyone is allowed to carry a gun and even if there are steps to get one, it is really easy to obtain it. It is true that there are cases which firearms are used in an efficient way. However, most of the time that a crime happens in the states is initiated by the allowance of the firearm. We have to think that this wouldn’t have happen if he didn’t carry a gun. Also, that he came into the FBI offices and was sent to a mental health institute and his license (guns) was taken for only three days. My background gives me a voice on this issue as I know how is to live in a country were firearms are running through the streets. Even if in Venezuelans are “not allow” to have a gun, everyone has one and this is a problem from the government and authorities. I know that is not the same thing that happens in the States as is legal there, however, because the guns are on the street it is more likely to have bigger rates in crime in the country.


Hi BR, I really like how you introduce your points! It is true that too many crimes happened because firearms were too easy of access. There should really be stricter laws to avoid other tragic events like that to occur again. I found that the system is not serious about taking his license for only 3 days after having done something like that. I also think that there is another issue with the system, the rehabilitation of soldiers coming back from war. In psychology, I learned that many soldiers come back with PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and when there is too much stress they fall into depression or commit crimes as the one you have reported. Crimes like this one are likely to happen when the person is in a flashback state where his senses get distorted and they can no longer make the difference between reality and what is not real. If he had better treatment for this mental issue, I think it would not have happened. Here is an article from a reliable source from a governmental website who explain PTSD and its implication in crimes.
Source: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/co-occurring/research_on_ptsd_and_vi...

Thanks for the informative post, BR. I had no idea how severely lacking the Fort Lauderdale airport’s security measures were, nor was I aware that the shooter, Esteban Santiago,, had reached out to the FBI for help in the past. I enjoyed reading your analysis of the gun control issue, and I particularly liked that you highlighted the volatile cocktail that is the combination of liberal gun control laws and a poor support system for mental illness. There are those who would take a virtue ethics approach to the incident and argue that these sorts of events are not indicative of a need for gun-control reform, rather that they are atrocities committed by immoral individuals whose actions do not reflect the virtues of responsible gun owners. However, I for one agree with you that part of the blame for the shooting falls on the law enforcement officials who were unable to provide Santiago with the aid he so desperately needed, and that the shooting would not have taken place had the gun control laws in the US not been so lax. Your criticism of these policies and institutions indicate to me that you would identify most strongly with utilitarianism, an ethical framework which defines moral action as that which brings the greatest good to the greatest amount of people. By failing to properly address Santiago’s needs, and by allowing him to purchase firearms despite his history of PTSD and instability, US legislators and law enforcement effectively chose upholding one man’s constitutional right to bear arms over ensuring the safety of the public, and I agree that this incident should serve as a wake up call to opponents of gun-control.

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I. My name is Beth.
I am from Venezuela and I have been in Montreal for 3 years. I am someone who loves music and sports. I love experiencing new cultures which means meeting new people who can teach me something interesting about themselves.