The Air Force had convicted Devin Kelley sentenced him to 12 months in prisonand discharged him from the military for bad conduct stemming from a domestic violence incident.Yet when an FBI background check was conducted, it revealed nothing to prohibit Kelly from buying weapons.US President Donald Trump meanwhile once again weighed in on the shooting, Tuesday.During his visit to South Korea, he rejected the idea of extreme vetting of potential gun buyers.
“If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago,and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him,and hit him and neutralize him.And I can only say this if he didn’t have a gun instead of having 26 dead, he would had hundreds more dead.”
In Sutherland Spring residents are trying to cope with the loss of their friends and neighbors in Sunday’s attack.
Memorials have sprung up near the church, where the shooting occurred.Resident Jacob Tafolla said he was too distraught to work on Monday.He believes something has to be done about what he calls ‘this gun thing’.
“We keep talking about the Second Amendment, and I believe people have the right and should have their guns.But why do they have to have high-powered assault?And that’s what they’re called assault weapon, you know assault weapons.Why do they have to have that?So that they can get into the hands of the bad guy in, and that guy goes out and do things like this.It’s really sad.”
Along with the 26 killed, 20 others were wounded in the shooting.The youngest fatality was 18 months old.A pregnant woman was also killed.Investigators say they believe a domestic dispute involving Kelly with his in-laws appears to hid behind the killings.
Jeff Custer VOA News, Washington.