It has now emerged that the person who shot 26 people dead in Texas Sunday was previously denied a firearms carry permit and lied on the background check to purchase the murder weapon.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that Devin Patrick Kelley was denied a gun permit on the grounds that he had a criminal record, and a history of mental health problems after being dishonorably discharged from the air force in 2014.
Reports suggest that Kelley bought a Ruger-AR556 rifle in April 2016 from a store in San Antonio, but that he lied on the required background forms, denying he had a “disqualifying criminal history.”
Devin Kelley purchased the Ruger-AR556 rifle in April 2016 from an Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio, a law enforcement official tells @evanperez.
Official says Kelley checked box to indicate he didn’t have any disqualifying criminal history on background paperwork
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) November 6, 2017
In short, it was against the law for Kelley to own a firearm.
NOW: Sheriff asked about gun control. "The guns don't kill people, people kill people."
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) November 6, 2017
Abbot called Kelley “a very deranged individual,” while those who knew him have described him as a ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and ‘weird,’ person who preached about atheism on the internet.
These are the Facebook likes of the shooter, as being reported by Heavy and other outlets. pic.twitter.com/Lqw1ECwnLA
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 5, 2017
The facts don’t stand in the way of a good gun control froth though, as the internet proved:
People can kill lots of people w/guns. Guns never imagined by our founding fathers. But as long as only good guys get them, it’s ok. (Pfft)
— Stacie Stegman (@StacieStegman) November 6, 2017
told ya. the whole town could be dead. dead or alive they want their damn guns.
— InsaneCrypto™ (@Buddha_WiseAss) November 6, 2017
Thoughts & prayers are not enough, GOP. We must end this violence. We must stop these tragedies. People are dying while you wait.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 5, 2017
In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence (2/2)
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) November 5, 2017
The shooter turned his gun on people — kids — in a place of worship. America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis. Congress must act. https://t.co/CIJX3jM3Tq
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) November 5, 2017
Senseless gun violence has torn apart another community — this time in a house of worship. When do we say enough is enough? https://t.co/gsW1KN54xc
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 5, 2017
Enough is enough. Now is the time for commonsense gun violence prevention steps. Congressional complicity must end.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) November 5, 2017
Sickened by yet another mass shooting leaving people dead & injured. Enough! Congress must muster the courage to help prevent gun violence.
— Mike Thompson (@RepThompson) November 5, 2017
While the gun control crowd immediately came out in force again, some on the left even celebrated the killing spree:
The worst of humanity is not only the one who commits such a horrific act but also the ones who mock the victims. pic.twitter.com/ImLySn2Kgp
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) November 5, 2017
not 'victims' – they were offered education, nutrition, & birth control = the trifecta for prosperity .. they choose guns & religion …
— Libi Uremovic (@LibiUremovic) November 6, 2017
Shot dead in church yesterday morning! Rejoice!
— Widescreen News (@WidescreenNews) November 6, 2017
Words cannot describe how insane and twisted these people sound.