The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Keep and Bear
Last Sunday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is an example of how a workable system can fail due to human error. Kelley had a long history of mental illness and received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force and yet he managed to legally purchase the guns he used in the mass shooting. It turns out that the Air Force was not required to report Kelley to the national database, but had they reported him to federal officials, Kelley would not have been able to legally purchase his guns. No one can say what he would have done had he been denied the right to purchase the guns.
Visiting Sutherland Springs, Vice President Mike Pence met with local authorities, victims and their families. He promised a swift investigation into how the system broke down and promised to fix it.
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