In a recent book, The War on Guns (Chapter 10), we showed that during the first seven years of the Obama administration 60 percent of the mass public shooters had been seeing mental health care professionals before their attacks (an earlier less complete report is available here). Yet, in not one of those cases did the psychiatrists or psychologists who were seeing these killers identify them as a danger to themselves or others.
Esteban Santiago was sent to a psychiatric hospital to be evaluated at the end of last year. According to CBS:
The FBI confirmed that in Nov. 2016, Santiago-Ruiz walked into an FBI office in Anchorage and claimed his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency and that he was being forced to watch videos for ISIS. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital after police were called, sources said. . . .
ABC News noted that local law enforcement had “his mental health evaluated.” He may have also continued receiving psychological treatment after that. From Fox News:
NBC News also reports that Santiago was “receiving psychological counseling in Anchorage.”
The bottom line is despite all this psychological treatment apparently no mental health professional identified him as a danger to himself or others. The Miami Herald contains this puzzling note:
“In 2013, state lawmakers broadened a law banning Floridians who are involuntarily committed from owning guns to include those who voluntarily submit themselves for treatment. None of which would have helped in Santiago’s case.“
As we have previously reported, Florida is one of only six states that ban people carrying concealed handguns in the unsecured areas of airports. While it is at best only suggestive, the BBC found: “FBI agent George Piro said earlier that the suspect had travelled to Fort Lauderdale specifically to carry out the attack” (h/t Breitbart).