A U.S. law might have failed 26 people at a church in Texas after 26-year-old Devin Kelley was able to purchase an assault weapon which he used to gun down church goers despite having a criminal conviction for domestic violence. He even posted an image on Facebook showing off an assault rifle just days before the shooting.
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The law in question is supposed to stop people convicted of domestic violence from purchasing firearms but in Kelley's case, it did not. Kelley was able to purchase a Ruger model AR-556 rifle from a San Antonio sporting goods store in April 2016 and apparently passed the necessary checks required to purchase the weapon. There may be a legal loop hole that allowed the sale to go forward, or it was a human error somewhere along the way during background and criminal record checks.
Law enforcement officials confirmed Kelley parked his car outside of a gas station across from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Wearing all black, the shooter then approached the church around 11:30 a.m. and opened fire killing 26 and injuring dozens more. Among those killed was the pastors 14-year-old daughter.
The attack was the deadliest church shooting in modern US history and comes just 35 days after the most deadly mass shooting which occurred last month in Las Vegas. Many are left debating whether guns are too easy to acquire and if stricter laws are the answer, in this case it seems even though it was illegal for Kelley to posses a weapon he was still able to purchase one 'legally'.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What we know, Devin P. Kelley was active duty in the USAF from Jan 2010 to May2014. Source: Dishonorable Discharge. Possible appeal denied <a href="https://t.co/BQwtj9s4Nz">pic.twitter.com/BQwtj9s4Nz</a></p>— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimLaPorta/status/927335999167967233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The shooter previously served in the Air Force from 2010 to 2014 but was court-martialed in 2012 after being charged with assaulting his spouse and infant. He was sentenced to 12 months for the crime and given a bad conduct discharge.
Kelley was found 8 miles from the church dead in his vehicle after two local residents armed with a rifle chased after him reaching speeds of 95 mph. The authorities are working to determine if he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or was shot during the exchange of gunfire with the citizen hero.
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