The US military has added more than 4,000 names to a federal background check database in the three months since a mass shooting revealed the organisation had consistently failed to report troubling convictions to the FBI.
Former Air Force member Devin Kelley killed 25 people, including a pregnant woman, in a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November. The gunman had received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2012 – a conviction that should have prevented him from ever buying a gun.
But the Air Force later admitted that it had not submitted Mr Kelley’s conviction to the FBI database used for background checks in gun purchases. The failure, the Air Force said in a statement, was “not an isolated incident”.
Three months later, the US military has added 4,284 names to the database – a 38 per cent increase, as first
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Former airman Devin Kelley had choked his wife and put a gun to her head. He’d fractured her baby’s skull. He’d made threats to his commanders and he’d been committed to a mental hospital. Those acts foretold Kelley as a potential killer, experts say, and make the Air Force’s failure to enter his name into an FBI database especially egregious.
“You name it, he had every red flag they’ve been able to discern in the research,” said domestic violence expert Andrew Klein, who wrote a 2015 manual for probation officers on dealing with domestic violence offenders, including trying to predict future lethality. “He should have been on that database on three different levels.”
Kelley opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle inside a Texas church earlier this month, killing 25 and injuring 20 more, authorities say. He bought the weapon from a San Antonio gun store after
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An anti-death penalty advocacy group on Wednesday released its annual report showing that the number of people sentenced to death in the U.S. in 2016 was at a 40-year low. It also found that 20 percent of Americans put to death this year were military veterans.
The report, from the Death Penalty Information Center, found that of the 20 people who had their death sentences carried out in 2016, four were veterans of various branches of the military — three of the four men were executed in Georgia, which put more people to death (nine) in 2016 than any other state, including Texas (seven).
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Veterans on death row has
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