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Texas Governor Reveals Odessa Shooter Failed Background Check

Seth Ator had been blocked from a firearms purchase by the existing system. That didn’t stop him getting a rifle for a mass shooting.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott revealed that the gunman who killed eight people in a shooting spree Saturday in Odessa had previously failed a background check during a firearms transaction.

If 36-year old Seth Ator failed a firearms transaction background check on the basis of his criminal history, it’s almost certain that the now-deceased truck driver would’ve been legally prohibited from owning or purchasing firearms. Ator went on a rampage across the city of Odessa after being fired from his trucking job on Saturday, killing seven before being neutralized by police.

Reports have already surfaced indicating that Ator pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to trespassing in 2002. Texas law doesn’t ban those with misdemeanor convictions from gun ownership, so it’s possible that Ator had another felony conviction that prevented him from legally buying a weapon.

The 36-year old man reportedly called the FBI hours before beginning his crime spree, upset over being fired from his trucking job. He murdered a postal service worker and stole her truck to carry out his shooting spree.

Law enforcement and journalists will now investigate how it is that Ator obtained an AR-style rifle. Some private firearms transactions that take place between individuals don’t require background checks, but sales of the sort are difficult to consistently prevent, as they avoid the existing background check and prohibited possessor system.

The prohibited possessor system exists for a reason, and it’s likely Seth Ator was appropriately barred from legally purchasing guns under the law. Slapping new restriction on transfers between individuals that take place in the light of day at gun shows and between family members is unlikely to prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining weapons.

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Florida Man Shoots Three Armed Home Invaders, Two Killed

Thank God for the Second Amendment.

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A Florida man defended his property from three armed home invaders who broke into his house in Wesley Chapel early Friday morning.

The unnamed homeowner was reportedly playing video games when he heard a window being broken at around one in the morning.

Two home invaders, who have been identified as Luis Casado, 21, and Khyle Durham, 21 were both shot and killed as they approached the thus-unnamed homeowner in a hallway. A third criminal suspect, Jeremiah Trammel, 19, fled the home after being shot by the resident. He was later arrested by a civilian armed with a weapon of his own, and has since been charged with home invasion robbery. He’s also being charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of his two accomplices, for the commission of a crime which resulted in their deaths.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco is describing the incident as a clear-cut example of self-defense. “The victim in this case was exercising his Second Amendment right to protect himself in his home,” he said of the event. He’s reporting that all three of the men have previous criminal records, which include “extremely violent” crimes.

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Sheriff Nocco has said that the victim of the home invasion believes he may have been targeted because of his extensive gun collection, of which he had occasionally posted pictures of on social media. The Vector rifle he used in the incident is somewhat of a rare firearm for civilian ownership, having been originally designed for use as a submachine gun by law enforcement and militaries.

As another law-abiding citizen utilizes his weapon to lawfully defend his home from criminals intent on doing him harm, liberals and Democrats appeared more determined to seize the guns of American patriots than ever before.

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