It appears that the Department of Defense is routinely failing to report criminal convictions to the Brady background check system, including for the (redacted) who shot up a church in Texas. Just as in many, many other cases, heads need to roll over this, and quite frankly I think we need an auditor to make sure that court martials do indeed report things like domestic violence. In the case of the (redacted), his crimes really amount to aggravated assault if not attempted murder; we are not talking about a borderline case where someone yelled at his wife and was prosecuted for it.
Yes, it would kill a certain number of military careers if these convictions were faithfully reported, and that's probably why they were not. But if these men are not safe to their families, exactly why would we assume they'd be safe around their fellow soldiers?
Long and short of it is that those who failed to report convictions need to lose their jobs, and we the taxpayers should end up paying significant damages to those hurt and killed in the recent atrocity.
Open thread - Suddenly it's busy again. Ran out of time. Fill the space as you deem appropriate.
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