Grassley Says FBI Could Have Prevented Orlando Shooting

Jun 14, 2016

Sen. Chuck Grassley says he doesn’t see any reason to increase gun control measures, following this weekend’s mass shooting in Florida.

Deceased shooter Omar Mateen used guns to kill 49 people and wound 53 others at an Orlando nightclub.

Grassley says that’s no reason to increase firearm regulations. Rather he thinks the focus should center on what he calls “radical Islamists.”

“If the FBI had been on top of things, he could have been arrested based upon the suspicions that they had beforehand,” says Grassley. “Even if guns were banned…he could use the tools of the Boston Bomber that put bombs together.”

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured more than 260.

Mateen was a U.S.-born citizen. He had been investigated by the FBI for possible terrorist connections, though he was determined not to be a threat.

Shortly before or during the attack, Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call. Investigators are looking into a number of possible motives for the attack. 

Islamic organizations across the country have condemned Marteen's actions.

FBI Director James Comey said on Monday that at this point, he doesn't think his agency could have done anything differently to prevent the shooting.