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Texas Tragedy

Nov. 7, 2017 3:11 am
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On Sunday morning, Devin Patrick Kelly opened fire at a Texas Baptist church, killing at least 26 innocent people, including small children, and injuring some 20 others.

America’s latest mass shooting took place in Sutherland Springs, a small, unincorporated community in Wilson County about 21 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio.

The gunman wore a tactical vest and carried and AR-15-style assault rifle. He emptied numerous high-volume ammunition clips into the worshipers before fleeing and dying when he drove off the road, mortally wounded with three gunshot wounds — from an armed neighbor and a bystander, who pursued him, and by a wound that was self-inflicted.

He was convicted in 2012 of domestic violence and kicked out of the Air Force. He had attacked his wife and cracked the skull of his toddler stepson. He should not have been able to buy weapons, but the Air Force screwed up and didn’t enter his domestic violence court martial in the federal database.

If the law had worked as intended, he wouldn’t have been able to buy the gun he used to mow down his helpless victims on Sunday, but the system is only as good as the data that is entered into it.

In Tokyo, our cowardly so-called president, Trump, as he did after the Las Vegas massacre last month, refused to blame the attack on the ridiculously easy availability of guns, especially military-style assault rifles, and high-volume magazines. (The AR-15 is a civilian version of the M-16 used by the U.S. Military since the Vietnam War. It is the hands-down favorite of mass murderers. It does precisely what it was designed to do: Kill lots of people very efficiently.) In deference to Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Assn., whose boots Trump licks, as well as the rest of the gun lobby, the president labeled the incident a “mental health issue.”

This is the same Donald Trump who earlier this year signed a bill into law that rolls back an Obama-era regulation instituted after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The regulation made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase firearms.

Now if we could only make it harder for cowardly, evil or mentally deranged hypocrites to occupy the White House.

 
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