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Breaches that Allow Mass Shooters to Thrive




Back in 1996, a US Senator from New Jersey known as Frank Lauterberg recorded one of the greatest achievements of his career. The Congress agreed to pass a law that prohibited domestic abuse perpetrators from owning a gun. As it turned out, even a misdemeanor meant that those accused could not buy a gun. The senator died four years ago. The former senator would often say that the gun law was dedicated to the small principle that child abusers and those who beat their wives should not be allowed to own guns. While this law may have passed over 20 years ago, most of the people who have carried out mass murders have not experienced any difficulty acquiring guns. They have acquired guns despite arrests and run-ins with the law where they were accused of spousal abuse. This also extends to people who have been associated with violent crimes in America. Three days ago, there was an admission to the fraternity when Devin P. Kelley decided to shoot at a church in Texas killing 26 people. During the shooting, he used an AR-15 military-style rifle that he managed to acquire despite being a convicted spouse abuser. He even fractured the skull of his young’s child during the altercation.

On Monday evening, the Air Force announced that the domestic violence involving the killer had been inappropriately handled. The Air Force said if his record had been entered into the National Criminal Information database, he would not have acquired the rifle. The US Air Force promised that it would review the case and other cases that may not have been reported. Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said that he was deeply disturbed that the Air Force would miss such an important procedure. At the same time, he said that he was outraged that a domestic violence of that nature had gone unreported. The apparent breach by the Texas shooter is an example that the computerized program was as good as the data that had been fed to the system. This is what happened in 2007 during the Virginia Tech Shootings. It was found out that the shooter who was identified as Seung-Hui Cho was supposed to report to a mental facility. However, this memo was not forwarded to the relevant officials meaning that he was able to buy a gun. After the attack, the Congress agreed with the National Rifle Association that it would be entitled to grants whenever it reports mental cases.

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