We at last have someplace to put the blame for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Do we point to the liberal gun laws of Florida which allowed a possibly mentally deranged 19-year-old to buy guns? Under California gun laws he would have never been approved. Do we put the blame on the FBI for not following through on the tip Nikolas Cruz was dangerous? After all, they only receive on average 2,100 tips per day. In a five day week it is only 10,550, or a total of 546,000 per year. We can't blame the AR-15, as it has no life or consciousness of its own, being man made of metal.

Contrary to the opinion of The Washington Post, whose editorial was printed in The Californian on Feb. 17, the AR-15 is not a "weapon of war" nor is it an "assault rifle." The "AR" stands for ArmaLite, the company that designed this style of rifle in the early 1960s. When Winchester designed and started producing their new style lever-action repeating rifle, critics wrote it far exceeded in destructive ability needed for hunting.

We can blame all of these and even ourselves for not seeing a kid who required our help and received none. The number one blame is the shooter himself, for even if he needed mental help he showed he knew right from wrong. And he deserves the full punishment of our laws.

Ronal Reynier, Bakersfield