[Ed. – Hey, it wasn’t their fault no one took action on the numerous advance clues about Elliot Rodger. It’s the NRA’s fault.]
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff has cleared deputies who paid a visit — but did not detain — Elliot Rodger weeks before he carried out his killing spree in Isla Vista, California.
“Based on the information reviewed thus far, the Sheriff’s Office has determined that the deputies who responded handled the call in a professional manner consistent with state law and department policy,” said Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the office, in a statement Saturday.
The deputies who conducted an April 30 welfare check on Rodger knew the despondent 22-year-old had posted a series of disturbing videos on YouTube, but never watched them.
The deputies described Rodger as “shy, timid and polite,” and accepted his explanation that the videos were just a way of “expressing himself” amid his troubles fitting in at the California college town. …
“The police would have searched my room, found all of my guns and weapons, along with my writings about what I plan to do with them,” [Rodger wrote]. “I would have been thrown in jail, denied of the chance to exact revenge on my enemies. I can’t imagine a hell darker than that. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but it was so close.”