It was bad enough when Americans found out that the Texas shooter obtained his firearm illegally, allowing him to viciously murder 26 innocent people with a weapon that he should have never had, but things just got worse. As it turns out, the vile scumbag should have actually been in jail long before the shooting ever took place — and the liberal media is absolutely silent over the one sick reason that he wasn’t.
Mad World News previously reported that Devin Kelley, the man responsible for the recent horrors in Sutherland Springs, Texas, got his hands on a gun through illegal means. Although the background check should have negated his chance to get one, it all went awry when he lied on the form that all gun owners have to fill out when they buy a new firearm.
Kelley was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force after being court-martialed for smacking around his wife and cracking open the skull of his 1-year-old stepson, resulting in the woman and child beater being slapped with a felony.
Those who have committed a felony or have been court-martialed (in Kelley’s case, it was both) are not allowed to own guns. However, it’s up to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) run by the FBI to ensure that people aren’t lying when they fill out the form to buy a gun.
We’ve since learned that the Air Force, under the Obama administration at the time, is actually responsible for this oversight as they didn’t report the reason for Kelley’s court-martial to NICS, meaning they had no way of knowing that he wasn’t allowed to own a gun. Sadly, this lapse allowed the man to get his hands on the firearm he’d later use to mercilessly gun down innocent people. But, it gets worse.
Unfortunately, that’s not all that has gone wrong in our legal system as we’ve most recently learned that Kelley should have actually been in prison long before the shooting – but that never came to be. As it turns out, there’s actually a reason for it, and the liberal media is absolutely silent on the matter because it directly implicates Democrats in Congress.
During a segment on Fox News, Ted Cruz not only discussed what happened but exposed what went wrong, leading up to the horrible tragedy. According to Breitbart, he explained that Kelley should have been in jail based on legislation that the GOP tried to pass back in 2013, which would have made lying on that gun form a federal crime, but it was filibustered by – you guessed it – Democrats.
“This should have been stopped beforehand,” Cruz began. “Under federal law, it was illegal for this individual to purchase a firearm. He had a conviction for a crime that’s punishable by more than a year in prison, and he had a conviction for multiple domestic violence crimes. Both of those, it’s already ineligible.”
He then explained that several things happened, saying, “Number one, the air force — the Obama administration didn’t report those convictions to the [NICS] database. That’s an endemic problem. It’s a problem with the federal government. It’s a problem with the states.”
Cruz continued, “And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it because it wasn’t in the database. But I’ll tell you we could have prevented this. In 2013, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I joined with Chuck Grassley, we introduced legislation that was called the Grassley-Cruz legislation. And it was aggressive legislation targeting felons and violent criminals to stop them from getting guns.”
Further delving into why this turned catastrophic during recent days, Cruz went on to say, “There were a couple elements of that legislation that were critical: One, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the [NICS] because that was a problem back then. But, two, and this is an even more critical piece, if it had been reported to the background database, when he went into Academy to buy this — these weapons, he lied on the forms. That is a felony to lie on those forms.”
Cruz then boldly concluded, “The Obama administration didn’t prosecute those cases. In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns. They prosecuted only 44 of them.”
Once again, the left has been trying to shove anti-gun legislation down our throats since the incident on Sunday, but we’re coming to learn that what they propose wouldn’t have done much good. In fact, gun laws that are in place right now should have been enough to stop this guy had it not been for the negligence of the Obama administration. Furthermore, Democrats stopped legislation that would have locked this guy away and prevented this tragedy in the first place.
Why would anyone not want to put a criminal in prison for trying to break the law? The left keeps talking about “common sense” laws, but they may want to look up the definition because they apparently don’t know what the words really mean.
Credits and source: MWN.