The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bearing Arms
The shooter in Sutherland Springs wasn’t just a disease, he was a symptom. He was a symptom of several things, to be honest, and not just a symptom of our failing mental health system. One thing, in particular, was that he was a symptom of a failing background check system that needs serious reform if it’s going to be remotely useful.
After all, it seems that individual isn’t the only one who has managed to skate by despite relevant information not being input into the NICS.
The FBI’s background-check system is missing millions of records of criminal convictions, mental illness diagnoses and other flags that would keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands, a gap that contributed to the shooting deaths of 26 people in a Texas church this week.
Experts who study the data say government agencies responsible for maintaining such records have long failed to forwardpost was originally published on this site