Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Deadly ; Psychotics with Pistols

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Deadly ; Psychotics with Pistols

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THE BALTIMORE Sun says America won a victory when the Confederate flag was removed from South Carolinas capitol after a racist committed a church massacre but an even better result would be to add a crackdown on illicit purchases of guns like the one used in the church attack.

Accused killer Dylann Roof should have been prohibited from buying a rapid-fire .45 Glock pistol on April 11 because he had confessed to illegal drug possession. But the gun purchase went through, partly because "the screener (who was in located in Clarksburg, W.Va., and not South Carolina) never knew full details of the purchaser's arrests within the FBI's allotted three-day time period, the Sun said.

This FBI fumble enabled a self-proclaimed white-supremacist to buy a mow-'em-down gun, go to a black Bible study session, and kill nine worshippers.

Since the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act took effect in 1994, federal background checks have blocked 2.4 million gun purchases by convicted felons, wife-bashers, drug addicts, mental patients and fugitives. …

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