State and Local law enforcement officials said that the shooter failed a background check when he tried to purchase a firearm.
The gunman who killed seven people and wounded 23 others in a rolling rampage across West Texas obtained an assault-style rifle despite failing a background check, state and law enforcement officials said on Monday.
The gunman, identified by police as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, carried out the shooting spree in the neighboring cities of Midland and Odessa on Saturday, a short time after he was fired from his trucking job. He called local emergency 911 responders and then an FBI tip line to make rambling statements, officials said.
In those calls, Ator did not threaten to commit violence, they said.
But he would soon go on to open fire on civilians and police officers in a roving series of shootings, at one point hijacking a U.S. Postal Service truck before dying in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement, police said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also confirmed this:
Not only did the Odessa gunman have a criminal history…
…he also previously failed a gun purchase background check in Texas…
…& he didn’t go thru a background check for the gun he used in Odessa.
We must keep guns out of criminals’ hands. https://t.co/vgrqcHtBtF
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 2, 2019
Why isn’t the media covering this like they do every other part of the shooting? This is just more proof that Gun Control measures don’t actually work. Criminals will get guns no matter what. Criminals will commit crimes no matter what. That means every gun control measure you put in only makes it harder for the law-abiding to get guns.
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