Another Dylann Storm Roof update: apparently the gun used in the Charleston murders was purchased by Roof after a background check failed to flag the fact that he already had a criminal record.
In a statement on Friday, the FBI said a background check flaw allowed Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman behind last month’s fatal shooting in Charleston, to purchase the gun that killed nine people inside a historic black church
The Times is calling it a “loophole,” but it just looks like good, old-fashioned incompetence.
Under federal law, the F.B.I. has three days to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to deny the purchase. If the bureau cannot come up with an answer, the purchaser can return to the dealer and buy the gun.
In the case of Mr. Roof, the F.B.I. failed to gain access to a police report in which he admitted to having been in possession of a controlled substance, which would have disqualified him from purchasing the weapon. The F.B.I. said that confusion about where the arrest had occurred had prevented it from acquiring the arrest record in a timely fashion.
None of this is the point, however. I distinctly remember the initial news reports saying that the murders were carried out with a .45 caliber given to Roof by his father.
Dylann Storm Roof, the suspect in the church shooting, was given a gun by his father as 21st birthday present in April, his uncle told Reuters.
While it’s entirely possible that new information is slowly trickling in, it seems likelier to me that the powers that be are trying to memory hole the older report to create stronger support for the gun control narrative.