A few weeks ago, Devin Kelley went on a shooting spree at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 people and wounded 20 more. The Holcombe family lost 9 of their family in the shooting. Our hearts go out to the family, but we cannot condone their reaction which involves filing a lawsuit against the US Air Force their role in the shooting.
The lawsuit claims that the Air Force failed to report Kelley’s history to the FBI firearm database and if they had, Kelley would have been prohibited from buying the guns he used in the church shooting.
It may be true that the Air Force did not report Kelley to the database, but they were not required to make such reports, so they really didn’t do anything wrong at the time.
(My SA -San Antonio) – The Air Force failed numerous times to take steps that would have prevented Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Patrick Kelley from purchasing the firearm he used to kill 26 people and wound 20 others, according to a claim filed by the Holcombe family, which lost 9 members in the massacre.
The claim, filed against the U.S. government Tuesday specifically in the death of Bryan Holcombe, could be the first step to an eventual lawsuit if the Air Force denies responsibility.
The family is seeking monetary damages but said they are also hoping to prevent the type of error that allowed Kelley to purchase the tools he needed to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
“Although the shooter undoubtedly ‘pulled the trigger’ that resulted in the injuries and death of JB Holcombe and others, failures of the US Air Force, and others, allowed the shooter to purchase, own and/or possess the semiautomatic rifle, ammunition and body armor he used, and it is these failures that were a proximate cause, in whole or in part, of the injuries and death of the decedent,” reads the claim…
Not only wasn’t the Air Force NOT required to report such records to the national database, but who can say if Kelley would have secured guns by other means if he had been turned away when trying to buy them? The shooter in Rancho Tehama, California had been banned from buying guns and he built one that he used and somehow managed to obtain 2 others that were not his. Could Kelley have done the same?