Morning Security Brief: Benghazi Report, Stand Your Ground Shooting, Boy Brings Gun to School, Retailer Removes AR-15 Rifles
By Ann Longmore-Etheridge
A report on Benghazi says security there was grossly lacking. Florida's "stand your ground" law has been cited as justification in a pizzeria shooting. A Utah boy brought a gun to school for "protection" in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. Dick's Sporting Goods has removed from sales the semiautomatic rifle used in the killings.
►Bloomberg reports that the U.S. State Department had 'grossly inadequate' security at a U.S. mission in Libya before a deadly attack by militants and must overhaul procedures to correct 'systemic failures,' an independent review panel said. The panel, appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to investigate the September 11 attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, found the department showed 'a lack of proactive leadership and management ability,' though no government employees breached their duties."
►A man in Florida is using the state’s “stand your ground” law to claim he had the right to shoot another customer at a Little Caeser’s pizzeria in St. Petersburg. The other customer was complaining about the wait for his order. The armed man, Michael Jock, entered into a verbal confrontation with the other customer, and then shot him twice after the man purportedly shoved him and appeared to be ready to punch him. The St. Petersburg police arrested Jock and charged him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting at, within or into a building. Jock specifically cited the “stand your law” to police as justification.
►“An 11-year-old Utah boy who said he brought a gun to school to protect himself from a Newtown-style attack, then brandished the pistol at three classmates during recess, has been detained on assault and weapons charges, a school spokesman said on Tuesday,” according to a Reuters report. The boy has been suspended from the school indefinitely.
►Dick's Sporting Goods, a nationwide retailer, has opted to stop selling the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle that was used in the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary. Whether the guns will be sold again is unclear.