Antonio Sabato Jr., a former Calvin Klein underwear model and “General Hospital” actor who is running for Congress, blamed the FBI for the Florida school shooting and criticized the agency for spending too much time on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and the Russia investigation.
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“The FBI just dropped the ball, and they didn’t do their job,” he told Trish Regan on “The Intelligence Report” on FOX Business. “They started working with the Hillary thing and the Russian thing for too long.”
Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. According to police, Cruz used an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 people, including teachers and students.
Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, saying: “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud.”
Since the deadly shooting, both Democrats and survivors of the attack are calling for stricter gun-control measures, while Republicans and President Donald Trump say that mental illness was the cause of the attack.
Sabato, who is running for Congress in California, said that guns aren’t to blame for the shooting and that the government should focus on making better laws to prevent further loss of life.
“I’m a gun owner, I’m a CCW holder,” said Sabato, referring to the practice of carrying a concealed weapon for protection. “I understand the Second Amendment better than anybody … but we need to protect the American people. It’s always the gun’s fault; no, it’s the people’s fault in our government, especially the FBI in this particular case,” he said.
He added: “Let’s stop blaming the NRA. Let’s stop blaming guns. Let’s start making better laws.”