Odessa Shooter: Mental health issues and a failed background check

Turns out the Odessa shooter had existing mental health issues that probably contributed to getting fired from his job, and failed a background check when he tried to buy a gun. Obviously, somehow he got a gun anyway.

Background checks are not a panacea. They don't actually stop anyone from buying a gun. Between people whose disqualifying incidents don't get entered into the system and people who have the black market contacts to easily obtain a gun illegally to people who already have all the guns they need, background checks just do not provide a barrier.

They do provide the government with a mostly-complete list of honest citizens who own guns, though.

This entry was published Wed Sep 04 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-09-04 06:47:34.0. [Tweet]

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