Police revealed that gunman, Devin Kelly, escaped from a mental health center five years ago. After sneaking guns into a US Air Force Base and making threats against commanders. It was around the same time that Kelly was court-martialed by the Air Force and later sentenced for assaulting his first wife and infant stepson.However his criminal conviction was not registered in the FBI database used for background checks.
“There was nothing in our databases that precluded him from purchasing power.”
The Air Force admits they never informed the FBI about his conviction. It’s a mistake that allowed him to legally buy the murder weapon.
“If you are a domestic abuser, you’re not supposed to own a gun. He was a domestic abuser.That’s why we got all these questions with the Air Force right now, which is how did this get slipped through the cracks,how is it that this person who was convicted of domestic abuse by the Air Force, how did he get through the system and get a gun.”
As investigators search for answers about Sunday’s attack, many argue the focus should be on gun control.
“If there wasn’t so much easy access to getting guns and that , this wouldn’t be happening.you know people are just able to get these guns more freely and there should be more higher rules and regulations and laws against, against guns.”
The number two Republican in the Senate says, it’s an issue where even a divided Congress can find common ground.
“There are areas of consensus and that has to do with the background check system,keeping guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, convicted felons people who commit domestic violence.But tragically we saw that the system failed and 26 people are now dead, 20 more wounded.”
At the Sutherland Springs community tries to cope with the loss of their friends and neighbors, the nation resumes its arguments over gun control.
Jesusemen Oni VOA News Washington