Army Reserve Commander & Family Warned Law Enforcement About Maine Mass Shooter
Per records released by a local sheriff on late October 30, 2023, the murderer in recent mass shootings across Maine threatened in September to “shoot up the drill center” where his Army reserve unit operates at.
Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry revealed that deputies from his department had talked on several occasions with concerned family members of suspected gunman Robert Card in the lead up to the day he murdered 18 people in a shooting spree on October 25.
Merry noted in a statement that Card’s ex-wife and son participated in a meeting back in May with the deputies from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department to reveal that Card’s mental health had fallen off a cliff and that he had several firearms in his possession.
Deputies subsequently visited Card’s residence in the small town of Bowdoin in the middle of September to conduct a welfare check. This check was prompted after a commander reported the alleged threat to the facility that his military unit used in Saco, Maine.
Deputies were not able to find Card and issued a missing persons report, the sheriff noted. He added that deputies reached out to Card’s brother, who said he would attempt to get a hold of Robert Card’s firearms.
Per Lewiston police, the mass shootings occurred at a bar and a bowling alley. Card was eventually found dead on the evening of October 27 of what authorities claimed was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This was the deadliest mass shooting of 2023. No amount of gun control will prevent such mass shootings.
If we’re being honest here, there’s a mental health problem in the US that has been overlooked by policymakers. Ever since the mass closure of mental health institutions in the 1980s, the US has seen a growing mental health crisis pop up nationwide.
On top of that, the US has become a permissive society, where all manner of antisocial behavior is tolerated at all levels of society. Instead of policing lawful gun ownership, the US needs to start restoring order at the local level. It begins with responsible American citizens taking proactive steps to call out and clamping down on socially deviant behavior on a non-state basis.
Top-down action from the federal level is not going to solve this problem.