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Texas Shooter Was Banned From Buying Firearms Due To Mental Issues; Prior Purchase Attempt Denied

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The gunman who went on a rampage in West Texas Saturday was  deemed mentally unfit and had been banned from buying firearms in the criminal background check system, according to the Wall Street Journal.

36-year-old Seth Ator, who a neighbor described as a “violent, aggressive person,” killed seven people when he opened fire in an Odessa movie theater after being fired from his oil services job earlier that morning.

Authorities are investigating whether Ator bought the gun he used in the shooting.

Authorities Tuesday were still investigating how the gunman, 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator, was able to buy the AR-15 style rifle used in the attack, which left seven people dead and 22 wounded. including whether he bought the gun through a private sale, the officials said.

The gunman had earlier tried to buy a gun but failed because a nationwide criminal background system flagged the mental health determination by a local court and prevented the purchase, according to the officials.

The revelation that Ator was considered a prohibited person under federal firearms laws added a new dimension to the gun debate that intensified after the shootings in Midland and nearby Odessa, Texas, which came just weeks after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. President Trump has expressed an openness to more comprehensive background checks for prospective gun buyers, but the case shows the difficulty of preventing mass shootings, as a stronger system wouldn’t necessarily have stopped a private sale. –Wall Street Journal

The FBI announced that a preliminary investigation has ruled out domestic or international terrorism, while the Daily Beast reported that Ator had a prior criminal record for trespassing and resisting arrest.

On Sunday, President Trump said that background checks wouldn’t have stopped any of America’s mass shootings going back “five, six, seven years,” claiming “as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it.”

“It would be wonderful to say — to say ‘eliminate,’ but we want to substantially reduce the violent crime — and actually, in any form,” Trump added at the beginning of the Dorian briefing. “This includes strong measures to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous and deranged individuals, and substantial reforms to our nation’s broken mental health system.

That said?

via zerohedge

16 COMMENTS

  1. How many more laws would’ve stopped that, Chuck and Nancy et all? We all know what your agenda is, so in the meantime, how about dealing with all the nut jobs you people have produced!

  2. This is an example of how the media misleads the public. In the first paragraph, it is established that Seth Ator could not pass a background check and had tried and failed to buy a firearm at a gun dealership. ALL TRUE! Then it is stated that the police were investigating how he got the gun. Again TRUE! Now comes the zinger:.”..how the gunman, 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ato was able to buy the AR-15 style rifle used in the attack.” Question: If the cops do not know Ator got the AR-15. Then how do they know he was able to BUY it?

    • “A source told officials” it was a private sale (like at a gun auction? or event?). Common across the southern states. Some areas allow guns sold at flea markets too.

      • The gun could have been purchased via the internet…I doubt if the seller would do any kind of background check since sales over the internet are not checked. The govt., NRA and others involved in this situation should look into this. Frankly, there are too many questionable things begin sold on the internet.

  3. ARE YOU DEMOCRATS GOING TO FOLLOW EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN AMERICA AND WATCH WHAT THEY BUY? REALLY? if he’d run people over with his car or stabbed them would you have cared? NO BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FIT YOUR TAKE AMERICANS GUNS SCHEME.

  4. Sad things happen in this life! The only sure thing to do is deal with those who commit criminal acts! I believe that mass shooters should be executed on site by law enforcement which has that right as a deterrent! We have rights & Seth Ator did use a vehicle to commit violent crimes, are we going to ban private sales of cars too?
    A BIG QUESTION I HAVE IS HOW THIS DUDE WAS ABLE TO STEAL A POSTAL VEHICLE WHICH IS READILY IDENTIFIABLE AND DRIVE SO FAR ALL AROUND WITHOUT BEING STOPPED BY A ROAD BLOCK AND PINNED IN BY STATE TROOPERS, ETC BEFORE HE HAD A CHANCE TO GO INSIDE A POPULATED LOCATION AND DO ALL HIS MURDEROUS MAYHEM? WHERE WAS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL THERE?

    • The main reason to supply Law Enforcement with anti tank or rocket launchers! Take the fools out on the spot! AND FILM IT FOR PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT COMMITTING A CRIME WILL DO TO YOU. REGARDLESS THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED IN PUBLIC, IT MAY JUST CHANGE THE MIND OF THE NEXT NUT CASE.

      WILL THERE BE A STATE TO MAKE THAT MOVE? PROBABLY NOT.

  5. Demonrats want gun control so they can control the citizens. That’s all there is to any of their mantras on “gun violence”.
    They say things like; it will curb suicide rates, and keep mentally ill people from doing harm.
    The last few ‘mass shootings’ disprove that theology. Nothing would have stopped this latest shooting-spree. It certainly proves that criminals and the deranged will continue to kill no mater what you do to try and stop them. The determined person will find a way to achieve their goals.
    More people are killed each year by hammers and cars than anything else, but do we ban them?
    The demonrats are pushing for ‘assisted suicides’, and have succeeded in passing a law in Massachusetts. SO, it’s OK for you to PAY a DOCTOR to kill you, but not OK to skip the middleman, save some money, and do it yourself?
    There are more shootings and shooting-deaths in Chicago and Boston and Philadelphia and Los Angeles and San Francisco (EVERY major city run by DEMONRATS) — but they are considered ‘normal’, they don’t get any air-time; or elected consideration.
    Guns have brains and limbs. Guns are autonomous. They can work without the assistance of the owner or handler. They kill babies in their cribs. Mothers have to shield their young in bath tubs to protect them from rampant gunfire — of course, that has nothing to do with the libertards and criminals who are wielding them around.
    Yet, babies aren’t autonomous to a demonrat- they want to be able to kill them indiscriminately up to the day they are born.
    These recent ‘mass shootings’ are a drop in the bucket compared to all the other violence in the U.S., and they know it.
    “Never let a good catastrophe go to waste”.
    If their theology was to truly stop gun violence, then there would be hoards of them stomping the streets of all the major liberal-run cities, demanding and chanting for change. But, they aren’t . . .
    So it has to be about Socialist control.
    We the serfs, they the kings.

  6. As quoted by the queer illegal muslim….
    “How many more shootings do we need to orchastrate
    Before you let us take your guns?!
    The agenda of the whinnie stupid liberal democrats is to totally control us and the only way they can is take guns.
    Democrats have sleepers and will activate when necessary. Youve seen it happen.

  7. The man was deranged. He was not stable. He was nuts. He was a leftist demokkkrat. You know, if demokkkrats would stop shooting and killing people, gun violence would go down 90%.

  8. As i have said before, out law democrats…it would not supprise me if the feds gave him the gun. this is just one more false flag shooting done to remove the guns from the people.

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