According to the Wall Street Journal, law enforcement have identified a man that they suspect illegally manufactured and sold the rifle that was used in Saturday’s massacre in West Texas.
Authorities have been investigating the man hailing from Lubbock, Texas. His identity hasn’t been released and authorities were trying to question him late Wednesday at his residence.
The ATF has been trying to find out how Seth Aaron Ator, the gunman, was able to buy the AR-15 style-rifle that he used to kill seven people and wound 22 people before police shot and killed him.
The 36-year-old assailant was already prohibited by federal law from owning a firearm because a court previously found him to be mentally unstable according to law enforcement reports. In January 2014, he tried to buy a gun but failed to do so because the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) caught the mental health court order and barred the purchase, according to official reports.
The suspicion is that the Lubbock man sold Ator the gun through a private sale. In doing so, Ator was able to purchase a gun without going through a criminal background check.
It remains to be seen whether the man was aware that Ator was a prohibited person when he sold him the rifle. If the gun dealer did know that Ator was banned from buying guns, he could be guilty of committing a federal crime. Additionally, they are looking into seeing if the man was illegally selling guns.
All in all, no form of gun control would have stopped Ator from getting a firearm, who already demonstrated he was hell-bent on finding a way to acquire a gun to commit his atrocity.
It looks like the gun he used was illegally manufactured and sold. Proving not that universal background checks are needed, but that deranged shooters find ways to get their hands on weapons. https://t.co/do0w8WBlI3
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) September 5, 2019
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Will Italy Exit the EU Because of its Lackluster Response to the Wuhan Flu?
Affar Italiani reports that leader of the Italian political party League and former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini recently announced a possible withdrawal of Italy from the European Union due to its sluggish response to the Wuhan Virus.
“This is crazy. Europe needs another fifteen days to decide what to do, whether to help, whom and how. In the midst of an emergency when people die, now from pneumonia, tomorrow, possibly from poverty,” the politician stated
Salvini cited Italy’s confrontation with the EU over aid to fight against the Wuhan virus and the refusal of Germany and other Northern European countries to help Italy as reasons for the southern European country leaving the EU and the eurozone.
“This is a den of snakes and jackals. First we defeat the virus, then remember Europe. And, if necessary, we say goodbye. Without even thanking,” the former Minister of Internal Affairs asserted.
The EU used to serve a purpose as a common market for European members states and a cohesive political unit the prevented fratricidal wars between European states.
It could also serve as a civilizational defense bloc against the potential hordes of African and Islamic migrants that will continue coming into the region thanks to its lax border policies and the demographic realities in these regions — booming populations which many of these Third World countries cannot accommodate.
Salvini has every reason to be concerned.
If the EU cannot fulfill the most basic of government functions — protecting its members — Italy should leave and craft its own strategic regional bloc with countries that are serious about protecting their national sovereignty.
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