Rand Paul: Almost every mass shooter 'is sending off signals'

Rand Paul: Almost every mass shooter 'is sending off signals'
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) said CNN Sunday every mass shooters "is sending out signals" in advance of their attacks.

"The other consistency that we're seeing in all these shootings, almost every one of them is sending off signals," Paul told CNN's "State of the Union." "Many of them are committing crimes that we slough off and we're not prosecuting."

The Kentucky senator cited the record of Nikolas Cruz, the alleged shooter who killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., saying he committed 23 crimes before the attack.

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"The sheriff down there is more interested in talking about gun control than doing his job," Paul said. "He should have arrested this boy."

Paul pointed out another consistency he noticed in mass shooting suspects were that they typically are "white teenage boys in their middle teenage years to early 20s."

Paul said mass shootings in the United States are a "cultural problem" and a "losing a sense of right and wrong" that should be addressed.

"I think we should look at each of these killings and say, what went wrong?" he said.

Discussions in Congress over the next steps for gun reform have taken place over the last month, after August saw almost 40 deaths at the hands of mass shooters.

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