The Air Force has been under scrutiny after the discovery that it failed to report a domestic violence conviction for the gunman who killed 26 people in a Texas church last month. The shooter should have been banned from buying a gun under federal law after he attacked his then-wife and young stepson.
Officials are now saying that “dozens” of Air Force members were charged with or convicted of crimes that should have been reported to the federal database intended to keep dangerous people from legally buying guns.
How bad is it?
We don’t have a full picture yet. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a federal review of the database, the Air Force is still investigating and the Pentagon’s inspector general is examining how the gunman’s conviction records were handled.
“There have been about 60,000 incidents in the Air Force since 2002 involving service members that potentially should have been reported to the federal background-check database. All of those incidents are now being reviewed by Air Force officials to see which ones were required to be reported, and how many of those actually were.”
Glenn wondered how many other examples of negligence have flown under the radar. We need to root out corruption in the system and enforce laws already in place.
“Enforcing the laws we already have is imperative, but if we can’t even depend on the Air Force for due diligence in this area, then we have a serious problem,” he said.