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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Portrait of a mass shooter: Disturbed and a history of domestic violence

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 7:39 AM

click to enlarge SHOOTER: Killer said ills of society linked to lack of prayer in schools.
  • SHOOTER: Killer said ills of society linked to lack of prayer in schools.
The New York Times profile of the Lafayette, La., mass shooter, John R. Houser,  describes a disturbed man. Angry at liberals and women and an admirer of Hitler and Timothy McVeigh, he reportedly linked the problems he saw in the U.S. to a lack of prayer in public schools.

Understatement of the day:

Mr. Houser legally bought the gun he used in the shooting from a pawnshop in Phenix City last year, law enforcement officials said. A purchase at a store requires a federal background check, and serious mental illness can be grounds for denial, but the database of prohibited buyers is imperfect.


He was refused a concealed carry permit because of a domestic violence complaint, so at least that aspect of the system worked.

In Arkansas, those who are convicted of domestic abuse or put under a restraining order for domestic abuse are put on notice that federal law makes it illegal for them to possess weapons or ammunition. There is no state statute, however.

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