Man kills 26 people while they attended Sunday church services

Devin Kelley killed 26 people Sunday. He went to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas armed with a Ruger AR-556 assault rifle. He purchased the weapon at Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio, Texas.
 
From USA Today:

The 26-year-old gunman responsible for the deadly mass shooting at a Texas church had a long, troubled past – divorce, domestic battery and a failed U.S. Air Force career that ended with time in military prison – before he carried out the macabre attack on Sunday worshipers, authorities said.

I’m not sure why USA Today had to lump divorce in with domestic battery and spending time in prison. Divorce is a normal thing, especially for people who join the Air Force and marry in their early twenties.

If he had a criminal record, why was he allowed to buy a gun?

The Ruger AR-556 assault rifle, the make, and model used by Devin Kelley to murder 26 innocent church goers.
I don’t get it. Is this another example of the powers that be not enforcing our laws?
 
Also from USA Today:

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge in 2014. After he was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his spouse and a child, he received a bad conduct discharge, was confined for 12 months and busted to the service’s lowest rank.

It’s pointless to even think of passing new gun control laws until existing gun laws are enforced. Devin Kelley had a criminal record. He spent time in a military prison. He put his hands on his ex-wife and her child, causing them severe bodily harm. That said, he was still able to walk into Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio, Texas and buy a Ruger AR-556 assault rifle.
 
Devin Kelley attacked the First Baptist Church because his ex-wife’s family were members. His ex-wife’s grandmother was among the dead in yesterday’s attack.

Devin Kelley did not suffer from mental illness

There is zero evidence indicating Devin Kelley had mental health issues. Some people will argue that he was crazy. He wasn’t crazy, he was a homicidal asshole. Having a mental illness doesn’t mean you are a homicidal asshole and being a homicidal asshole doesn’t mean you suffer from mental illness.  
 

Academy Sports & Outdoors should have to erect a plaque honoring the dead

If you sell an assault weapon to a mass shooter, you should be forced to put up a large plaque in front of your business honoring the victims you helped kill. Maybe than businesses might think twice before selling military-style assault weapons like they were the equivalent to tennis rackets and catcher’s mitts. They’re not. Assault weapons are designed to kill people on the battlefield. 

Author: Rick Rottman

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