Texas church mass murderer bought weapons legally

This 6 November 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

TYT Politics’ Emma Vigeland gives the latest on the massacre on Sunday. A gunman killed at least 26 people at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

The Air Force says it failed to follow procedures, allowing Texas church shooter to obtain firearms

The Air Force says it failed to follow policies for alerting federal law enforcement about Devin P. Kelley’s violent past, enabling the former service member, who killed at least 26 churchgoers Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Tex., to obtain firearms before the shooting rampage.

Kelley should have been barred from purchasing firearms and body armor because of his domestic violence conviction in 2014 while serving at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Kelley was sentenced to a year in prison and kicked out of the military with a bad conduct discharge following two counts of domestic abuse against his wife and a child, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

“Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database,” Stefanek said in a statement released Monday. …

Firearms retailer Academy Sports also confirmed Monday that Kelley purchased two weapons from its stores after passing federal background checks this year and last. …

A separate law prohibits violent offenders from purchasing body armor, which Kelley was seen wearing during the rampage. …

Lawmakers called on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to review military investigative organizations and determine how many convicted former service members the military has failed to properly document for the FBI. …

[Former Army lawyer and professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston] Corn said it appears there is confusion within the Air Force, and other military branches, about only reporting violent crimes that result in dishonorable discharges, which are more severe punishments under military law than the bad conduct discharge Kelley received….

Sky Gerrond, a former Air Force security operations officer who spent seven years in military law enforcement, said a dishonorable discharge may have been a more appropriate punishment for the severity of Kelley’s crime. Had the Air Force court system handed down that punishment, Gerrond said, it is more probable the details of Kelley’s conviction would have reached the FBI’s database.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Texas Gunman Broke Child’s Skull and Assaulted Wife in Troubled Life


NOV. 6, 2017

NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. — He beat his wife, cracked his toddler stepson’s skull and was kicked out of the military. He drove away friends, drew attention from the police and abused his dog. Before Devin P. Kelley entered a rural Texas church with a military-style rifle, killing at least 26 people on Sunday, he led a deeply troubled life in which few in his path escaped unscathed.

In 2012, while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Mr. Kelley was charged with assault, according to Air Force records, which said he had repeatedly struck, kicked and choked his first wife beginning just months into their marriage, and hit his stepson’s head with what the Air Force described as “a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.” …

Some neighbors said they sometimes heard gunfire from [Devin Kelley’s] property. But in this stretch of the Texas hill country, that is hardly cause for alarm.

One neighbor, who would give his name only as Doug, said he heard shots fired at the Kelley property that would set his dogs barking.

“My dogs, they would be outside, and we would hear, ‘Bim-bam, bim-bam, bim-bam, bim-bam,’” he said.

THE AIR FORCE FAILED TO ENTER TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTER’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RECORD IN U.S. DATABASE Which could have kept Devin Patrick Kelley, who had been convicted of assaulting his wife and stepchild, from buying a gun and shooting 26 people to death Sunday. Half of the people killed in the attack were children — including one who was 18 months old. Eight of the victims were from the same family. President Donald Trump said that gun control would have left “hundreds more dead” in that church. And here’s how churches and other soft targets can train for a shooting. [HuffPost]

JUDGE: AIR FORCE LARGELY AT FAULT FOR TEXAS CHURCH MASSACRE A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Air Force is largely to blame for a former airman carrying out Texas’ worst modern mass shooting after it failed to enter the gunman’s criminal history into a federal background database, allowing him to legally purchase firearms. The judge’s ruling is in response to survivors and victims’ families filing a civil lawsuit against the federal government over the massacre that killed 26 people. [HuffPost]

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