Military lapse in providing criminal records to FBI is nothing new

There oughta be a law, people say when anything goes awry.

Government officials and bureaucrats can fix it, right?

So, when the guy in Texas killed two dozen churchgoers we learn he should not have been allowed to buy the guns he used under existing law. It seems the law on the books was not enforced. The Air Force was supposed to inform the FBI about his domestic violence conviction, but failed to do so.

It turns out, according to the AP, this is not something new.

“A February 1997 report by the Pentagon inspector general found widespread lapses,” the news service recounts. “Fingerprint cards were not submitted to the FBI criminal history files in more than 80 percent of cases in the Army and Navy, and 38 percent in the Air Force.

“Failure to report the outcome of criminal cases was 79 percent in the Army and 50 percent in the Air Force, the report said. In the Navy, it was 94 percent.”

Laws that are not enforced are useless.

The failure to turnover records about the Texas church shooter is under review. That’s what they said 20 years ago.

Scene of Texas church shooting (AP pix)


6 comments on “Military lapse in providing criminal records to FBI is nothing new

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    You give percentages but the actual numbers would be of greater interest, not sure where to look or even if they are available. Is it in the thousands, if so it’s understandable the military would withhold them, whether it’s to cover leadership failure or hide the people committing them and what the offenses are.

  2. Steve says:

    The same AP story claimed the DOD considers the FBI overloaded by data and adding to that load would not have helped the DOD with any of their investigations, so the DOD decided they were doing a nice thing for the FBI by not adding to the workload….to which I say, what a pile of utter bull shit. To bad we can’t punish the DOD by taking away their firearms license huh?

  3. Rincon says:

    All moot, since according to card carrying Conservatives, this guy should have been allowed to buy all of the firearms – and bump stocks – that he desired; if not at a dealer, then from an individual.

  4. Steve says:

    Rincon, you couldn’t be more wrong, and insulting, if you tried….and you appear to have tried.

    Before adding to existing law, how about ensuring existing law is being properly enforced?
    Because, and you know this to be true, conservatives and liberals were all in agreement on enacting those laws more than 20 years ago.

    Or would that mean you don’t get to have your fell good, do nothing laws passed so you can crow about “doing something” ???


  5. Rincon says:

    As long as there is a loophole big enough for an ocean liner, Conservatives never actually assented to background checks. Today, as before, anyone who wants a gun can buy a gun. That’s the fact. The rest is obfuscation.

    Last word is yours.

  6. Steve says:

    Identity politics is killing all compromise, now you use it to rewrite history.

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