The Air Force Awakens

“The Air Force said an initial review indicated it had failed to share Kelley’s criminal record with the civilian authorities, and so his conviction was never entered into the federal database used to screen potentially dangerous gun buyers. Federal laws bar felons and those convicted of domestic violence from obtaining guns.” The Air Force made a terrible omission. But not a rare one. ProPublica: Will the Texas massacre finally get the military to improve its criminal reporting system? (There are two types of people who should not be able to have machine guns: 1. Men convicted of beating women and children. 2. Everybody else.)

+ “I was scared for me. I was scared for every one of them and I was scared for my own family that lived less than a block away.” NPR on the man who exchanged fire with the Texas shooter. And from the LA Times: “A good guy with a gun took on a bad guy with a gun, feeding both sides of the gun control debate.”

+ WaPo: In Sutherland Springs, a mass shooting draws desire for more — not fewer — guns.

+ President Trump suggested the Sutherland Springs massacre was more about mental health than guns. In February, he signed a bill revoking Obama-era gun checks for people with mental illnesses.

+ In the NYT Nicholas Kristof offers a ton of stats and graphics in support of a new way to reduce shooting deaths.

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