Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday urged stronger safety “precautions” for overseas nationals coaching on U.S. navy bases after a Saudi gunman shot and killed three individuals on the Pensacola naval base Friday, in an assault believed to be an act of terror.
DeSantis delivered the remarks throughout a Sunday information convention, calling for extra substantial safety vetting of overseas nationals earlier than they head to the U.S. for coaching.
“My view is that for us to be bringing in these overseas nationals, you must take precautions to guard the nation,” the governor mentioned.
He added: “To have them take out three of our sailors, to me that’s unacceptable and I feel that would have been prevented.”
Investigators have named 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Power, because the gunman answerable for Friday’s bloodbath.
Investigators mentioned they’re working underneath the presumption the incident was an act of terrorism involving a lone gunman.
Requested how Alshamrani, a overseas nationwide, was capable of buy a firearm, DeSantis, a Second Modification supporter, accused the suspect of profiting from a federal loophole.
“The Second Modification applies to we the American individuals to maintain and bear and arms. It doesn’t apply to Saudi Arabians,” he mentioned.
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DeSantis additionally praised first responders and law-enforcement officers who bumped into hazard to avoid wasting others.
“I feel that that’s what this neighborhood’s product of and I feel that’s actually emblematic of the kind of grit, braveness, and dedication that you just see right here,” he mentioned.
DeSantis pressed for extra questioning into how the Saudi navy and authorities vetted individuals who could have harbored radical worldviews.
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Although Saudi Arabia has pledged to cooperate with the investigation, De Santis mentioned, “My view can be, belief however confirm. If they are saying they’re going to cooperate, be certain that they do cooperate and don’t simply take lip service and assume that that’s sufficient.”
The U.S. has lengthy had a sturdy coaching program for Saudis, offering help within the U.S. and within the kingdom. Greater than 850 Saudis are in the USA for numerous coaching actions, among the many 1000’s of overseas college students from 153 international locations within the U.S. going by navy coaching, officers mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.