by Max Brantley
Santiago arrived in Fort Lauderdale after taking off from Anchorage aboard a Delta flight Thursday night, checking only one piece of luggage — his gun, said Jesse Davis, police chief at the Anchorage airport.Santiago, who surrendered to police, had mental problems. An investigation perhaps will show that there was a point in his past military service or elsewhere that a flag could have been raised that put him, say, on a no-fly list. But even then, I don't see how anyone — ardent gun supporters or ardent gun control advocate — can lay out a practical scenario that guarantees protection from mass slaughter given a crowd of people, a semi-automatic weapon and a triggering event for a person who owns one. (What? Return of legal guns to passengers only at a security checkpoint removed from the terminal?)
At Fort Lauderdale, "after he claimed his bag, he went into the bathroom and loaded the gun and started shooting. We don't know why," said Chip LaMarca, a Broward County commissioner who was briefed by investigators.