The New York Times profile
SHOOTER: Killer said ills of society linked to lack of prayer in schools.
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.