In the recent aftermath of the Texas church shooting that happened on Sunday, we’re still learning bits and pieces about shooter Devin Kelley and his motive for murdering 26 people who were innocently worshiping their God.
Not long after the incident it was revealed that Kelley was an avowed and rather vocal atheist who hated Christians. It was also revealed that he was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force and had felonies on his record that banned him from owning a firearm, thus proving the flaws in the gun control system.
Well, the plot continues to thicken, as it turns out he also escaped from a mental institution back in 2012.
So the question Ben Shapiro over at The Daily Wire is asking is why the man wasn’t in jail?
On Tuesday, WFAA reported that Kelly escaped from a mental institution in New Mexico in 2012, then threatened his superiors and attempted to smuggle guns onto base. According to their report:
El Paso police arrested Devin Kelley on June 7, 2012, at a Greyhound bus station a stone’s throw from the U.S.-Mexico border after he escaped the Peak Behavioral Health Services facility about 12 miles away in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to the police report…. Sunland Park officers told their Texas colleagues that Kelley “was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms” onto Holloman Air Force Base and that Kelley “was attempting to carry out death threats that [he] had made on his military chain of command,” the report states.
Yet somehow this piece of human debris – a person who had purposefully cracked the skull of his infant stepson and physically abused his wife, who had tortured a dog, who had solicited a 13-year-old – was walking around free.
He served just 12 months in the brig for this stunt and for his domestic violence conviction. The Air Force didn’t even bother to submit that information to the FBI, which would have prevented him from buying new weapons.
There are surely thousands of men like Kelly walking around free today. In 2010, some 152,850 felons tried to buy guns and were denied. Only a few thousand were prosecuted, and just 44 were prosecuted on a federal level. In California, as of 2015, over 16,000 gun owners registered as mentally ill and felons were known by the state; from 2013 to 2015, the state dealt with just 3,400 people.
If liberals really want to solve the problem of mass shootings and reduce this insanity, perhaps they ought to be spending their time examining the current condition of the mental health system in our country because it seems that’s where a large part of the problem is coming from.
More gun control is obviously not the answer as that’s not going to prevent people like Kelley from finding some way to get their hands on weapons to hurt people with. We have a God-given right to defend ourselves and the government should not be interfering with that, period.
One has to wonder what other revelations we’re going to find out about this guy in the coming weeks.