When we have bureaucratic problems that allow individuals to buy weapons despite their past criminal convictions and individuals to lie on their background check forms, we’ve got problems. And as in Texas, those individuals, like Texas murderer, Devin Kelly should be prosecuted when that happens. Unfortunately, we also had a previous president that refused to prosecute these same felons who lied, but liberals will still tell you that the narrative is NOT about that – but that we need more gun control laws!
Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the Obama administration for not prosecuting felons and criminals who lied on gun purchase forms, suggesting that it was the former president’s policies that enabled Texas murderer Devin Kelley to purchase a firearm.
In an interview on Fox News, the Texas senator explained how he and Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced legislation in 2013 that would have authorized the Air Force update to the National Criminal Information Center database and possibly flagged Kelley. However, the legislation was obstructed by a Democratic-led filibuster.
“This should have been stopped beforehand,” Cruz told host Shannon Bream.
The senator pointed out that it was already illegal for Kelley to purchase a firearm because of his prior convictions.
“Number one, the Air Force, the Obama Administration didn’t report those convictions to the NCIS database,” Cruz said.
“It’s a problem at the federal government; it’s a problem with the states. And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it cause it wasn’t in the database,” he explained.
Cruz then went on to describe how this tragedy could have been prevented.
“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,” the senator said.
The tragedy could also have been avoided if Kelley, who lied on the gun purchase forms, had been prosecuted. Cruz pointed to the fact that it’s a felony to lie on such forms and the Obama administration didn’t prosecute those cases.
“In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns; they (the Obama administration) prosecuted only 44 of them,” the senator said.
Why weren’t there more prosecutions?
Watch the interview below. (Sen. Cruz’s comments about Obama’s policies begin at 4:05):
NBC News reported that Kelley had BOTH a conviction carrying a sentence of over a year as well as a domestic violence conviction — both of which should have prevented him from buying a firearm in 2016.
It’s immensely frustrating to know that this horrible atrocity could have been prevented.
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While a motive in the shooting is not known at this time, the killer’s history includes being a bible study teacher, as well as liking pages on Facebook devoted to atheism. Kelley is confirmed dead and was a husband as well as a father.
Kelley’s wife, Danielle Shields, was a past teacher at the same church where the tragedy took place.
In a heroic move, authorities say Stephen Willeford, in the church “grabbed his rifle and confronted the suspect,” who was armed with a “Ruger AR assault type rifle.”
The Willeford and another man, Johnnie Langendorff, who happened to be driving past the church, then pursued Kelley who ran off the road and crashed and was found deceased in his vehicle.
The same citizen reportedly pursued the suspect, who subsequently crashed and was found dead in his vehicle. “We don’t know if it was a self inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by our local resident who engaged him with gunfire,” authorities said. The atrocity is the largest mass shooting in Texas history.
Public records show 26-year-old Kelley was a resident of New Braunfels, a city near San Antonio. Those records also indicate that the shooter’s family was from the same town.
The man reportedly lived in his parent’s $1 million home, according to the New York Times.
According to Texas marriage license records, Kelley was married to Danielle Shields on April 4, 2014 in Comal County. Kelley was 23 at the time of the marriage, and Danielle was 19. He was the father of at least two, a son and a daughter.
A look at Kelley’s past shows violence wasn’t something new for the madman. The New York Times reported Kelley as being married “at least once before,” and added that he “was sued for divorce in 2012 in New Mexico, the same year he was court-martialed on charges of assaulting his wife and child.”
“In my opinion Devin is a coward and deserves to burn in hell…I am so sorry for the church goers in Texas…My heart goes out to the families,” stated Dave Ivey, Kelley’s uncle.
Christopher Combs, the FBI Agent in charge said Kelley “expressed anger” towards his mother-in-law, Michelle Fields.
Michelle is Facebook friends with the wife of the pastor, Sherri Pomeroy, indicating the family had strong ties to the church. The Pomeroy’s lost their daughter in the tragedy, as reported by The Boston Herald.
At this time it is known that at least one of Kelley’s family members was killed. Michelle Shield’s mother, Lula Woincinsky White, was murdered in Sunday’s shooting, according to a Facebook update posted by a woman who says she is White’s niece.
Investigators are likely interviewing the man’s family to help understand how he could commit such a devastating act of evil.
A devastating act of evil that COULD have been prevented if Kelly’s information from his past had been entered into the NCIS database.
But that message won’t be the message you hear from the liberals or the MSM. The message THEY will spread is – MORE GUN CONTROL IS NEEDED!
The U.S. Air Force failed to inform law enforcement about Kelley’s military conviction for domestic violence (he broke the skull of his infant stepson), which would have stopped him from purchasing a firearm.
“Under U.S. Code, dishonorably discharged military personnel are not allowed to legally purchase a firearm and this is documented on the ATF’s website...”
However, Texas’ governor said on Monday to CNN that Kelley was denied a gun permit by the state. “So how was it that he was able to get a gun? By all the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun,” the governor asked.
According to KPRC, “Devin Kelley escaped from a behavioral center in New Mexico a little more than five years before” the massacre.
So this was an evil and senseless crime and is NOT about strict gun laws. The laws were there. But if the data is not entered into the database – how can this law be enforced to stop similar crimes in the future?
H/T Conservative Tribune