Lafayette Shooter’s Mental Health Didn’t Stop Him From Buying A Gun

Despite glaring proof that John Russell Houser was indeed mentally ill, it was still a breeze for him to purchase a firearm in the United States. Houser opened fire in a movie theatre on July 23rd, killing 2 people and injuring 11. The problem of selling firearms to the mentally ill, is one part of the pie that has contributed to an epidemic of domestic mass-shooting terrorism in our country.

Even Houser’s family has even described him as mentally ill – saying that his life and mental health had been falling apart for years.

In 2006, when Houser applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Russell County, Ala., he was turned down because of a prior arrest for arson and a domestic-violence complaint.

Despite all of this, in February 2014, he was able to legally purchase a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun at a Phenix City, Ala., pawnshop, passing a federal background check that actually should have disqualified him!

The fact Houser was allowed to purchase this gun shows us the MAJOR flaw in the information contained in the federal database.

It’s time this was reformed immediately. The problem was already out of control, and this latest useless shooting is just one more layer on top of a deadly epidemic.

[Washington Post]