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07 November 2017 - Texas Shooting Kills 26

Texas Church Shooting: Democrats Demand Gun Control
Adam Edelman (NBC News, 06/11/2017)

Democratic lawmakers are renewing their calls for gun control, following the largest mass shooting in Texas history, as Republicans, including President Donald Trump and local lawmakers, insisted firearms are not the problem.

The renewed guns debate came after 26 people were killed and 19 more were injured during a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Victims ranged in age from 5 to 72, officials said.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., led the charge demanding stricter gun control laws with a scathing and lengthy statement.

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Donald Trump
 
Trump Says Issue Is Mental Health, Not Gun Control
Peter Baker (The New York Times, 06/11/2017)
 
As Americans struggled Monday to make sense once again of the mass shootings plaguing the United States, President Trump sought to steer the national conversation to questions about the mental capacity of those pulling the triggers, not the weapons themselves.

Mr. Trump, who has presented himself since his presidential campaign as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms, weighed in from Asia hours after a man clad in black, wearing a ballistic vest and armed with a military-style rifle, mowed down parishioners in a small-town church in Texas, killing 26 and injuring many more.

“I think that mental health is your problem here,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a news conference in Japan, the first stop on his 12-day overseas trip. Based on preliminary reports, the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Tex., was a “very deranged individual,” he said. “We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries.”


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Background Checks

Texas suspect's violent history was left out of gun background check system
Lois Beckett (The Guardian, 07/11/2017)
 
Over the course of nearly a year, Devin Kelley, the alleged Sutherland Springs church shooter, repeatedly hit, kicked and choked his wife. He allegedly threatened her multiple times with loaded and unloaded firearms. And he pleaded guilty to hitting their stepson, a young child, so hard that the blows put his life in danger, according to legal documents.

In 2012, Kelley, an airman at the Holloman air force base in New Mexico, was convicted by a court-martial on two charges of domestic assault and sentenced to a year of confinement. The domestic violence convictions were serious enough that, according to an air force spokesperson, he should have been prohibited from buying or owning firearms.

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Air Force

Air Force error allowed Texas church gunman to pass background checks and buy guns
Matt Pearce and Jenny Jarvie (Los Angeles Times, 06/11/2017)
 
The U.S. Air Force failed to report the Texas church gunman’s 2012 domestic violence court-martial to an FBI database, wrongly allowing him to pass background checks to buy guns, officials said Monday.

The revelations came as experts wondered how Devin Patrick Kelley had been sold four guns between 2014 and 2017 despite spending a year in military prison and getting kicked out of the Air Force for assaulting his wife and reportedly cracking his stepson’s skull.

He was also accused of repeatedly pointing a gun at her, according to newly released Air Force records, though those allegations were dropped.

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Last update November 7, 2017
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