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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yesterday a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Air Force said Monday that it had failed to enter the Texas shooter’s record of violence against his wife and stepson into a federal database that could have blocked him from purchasing the gun used to shoot nearly 50 people in a Texas church.

Devin P. Kelley, the gunman who on Sunday murdered 26 people and wounded at least 20, was convicted of domestic assault after hitting his wife and fracturing his infant stepson’s skull. The conviction should have prevented him from buying a gun.

“The Air Force has launched a review of how the service handled the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley following his 2012 domestic violence conviction,” the Air Force said in a statement reported by the New York Times.

On today’s show, Doc shared the latest updates on the Texas shooting, including news of the Air Force’s neglect and reports that the gunman was at least partially motivated by violence against his own family. Doc also played some amazing audio from the Texas hero who stopped the shooter from doing further damage.

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