The Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn’t exactly showered itself in glory over the years as subsequent investigations revealed that a wide range of mass shooters had been previously known to the federal law enforcement agency. Some of the shooters even had significant criminal records, but were given a pass anyway when the FBI performed NICS background checks as they were buying the firearms they later used to murder innocents.
A short list of killers who were either already on the FBI’s radar or passed a federal background check when they shouldn’t includes such illustrious names as Nidal Hassan, Omar Mateen, Elton Simpson, Nikolas Cruz, Devin Patrick Kelley and Dylann Roof.
Now it’s looking like Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the Syrian national who allegedly shot up a Boulder, Colorado grocery store murdering 10 people, may join the pantheon of Fibbie fowl-ups.
Like so many mass shooters before him, Alissa was, according to the New York Times, previously know to the FBI as part of an investigation they ran into another individual.
Alissa reportedly purchased the AR platform firearm he used only six days before the shooting. It isn’t yet known where Alissa purchased the firearm, but Colorado has a “universal” background check law, so any seller would have been required to run a background check on him.
Alissa had been convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2017, although that wouldn’t have prevented him from passing a NICS check.
Universal background checks aren’t the only “enhanced” gun control measure in effect in Colorado. In fact, the state has many of the kind of “gun safety” laws on the books that the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex says America needs nationwide.
In addition to those “universal” background checks, Colorado also has a “red flag” law, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and while the Boulder “assault weapons” ban had recently been struck down, Kroger — which owns the King Sooper chain — bans the open carry of firearms in their stores.
None of that, however, seemed to make any impression on Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. Despite what his family describes as a history of violence and mental illness and a criminal record, Alissa brazenly and openly carried a couple of guns inside that supermarket on Monday and opened fire…against the express wishes of the store’s owner.
It’s almost as if all the big federal law enforcement and legal infringements on law-abiding gun ownership in the world don’t really have any effect at all on criminals who are bent on committing mass murder.