The mainstream media are focusing their attention on the Air Force’s failure to report the Sutherland Spring spree killer’s criminal history to the FBI. If they had, the thinking goes, Devin Kelley couldn’t legally have purchased any of the four firearms he used in his attack. He wouldn’t have had the weapons he used to massacre congregants at the First Baptist Church. The NICS check would have prevented mass murder. Are you buying that? I mean . . .
In a country with 300+ million guns, in a state where more people own guns than pickup trucks (Texas accounts for a third of all U.S. pickup truck sales), how hard would it have been for Mr. Kelley to obtain a couple of pistols and an AR-15 illegally? How hard is it for any criminal, crazy or terrorist to obtain an illegal firearm? Or alternatively, commit mass murder without a firearm?
If we accept that NICS is security theater, what would have, or could have, stopped Mr. Kelley?