The facts surrounding the Charleston shooting with regards to the gun used are pretty thin right now, but here’s what we know: Dylann Roof was charged with misdemeanor drug possession in February of this year. The case was still pending in April when he legally purchased a .45 handgun at a gun shop. If the drug charge had been a felony, the gun sale would have been blocked with a federal background check.
This is a tough situation for myself, because I have been very vocal in other threads about the tenuous link between the Confederate flag and the killings. If I am being honest, the gun purchase by Roof doesn’t really highlight a problem in our current gun laws because the law isn’t able to predict someone that might commit a gun crime in the future. Of course, if a friend had turned Roof’s name over to the police based on some of his comments prior to the crime, perhaps something could have been done.
So this is an open thread with no agenda other than to promote another perspective on this latest tragedy. Please share your opinions below.