So much for the idea that Russian meddling in last year’s election was a hoax. On Friday, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations on charges of conspiring to use social media to interfere with “U.S. political and electoral processes,” including the presidential election. The indictment alleged a dizzying number of sometimes sophisticated attempts to deceive American voters, including the posting of messages about controversial issues such as guns, immigration and Black Lives Matter.
The former student charged with stalking and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., wasn’t a terrorist. At least, not by the usual definition. From what we know now, he wasn’t out to terrorize the population as a way of advancing a cause. He evidently was a disturbed misfit who’d been expelled from the school, who legally bought a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, who set off the fire alarm so students would come out of classrooms.
Seventeen people were gunned down in a high school last Wednesday. That’s twice as many students and teachers killed in a single day as law-enforcement officers killed in all of last year in Florida.