Suspect in Texas Church Massacre was Thrown Out of Air Force & Jailed for Assaulting Wife & Child

    <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/6/suspect_in_texas_church_massacre_was"><img alt="_s1_domestic-gun-violence" src="https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/17/39317/w320/_S1_Domestic-gun-violence.jpg" style="float:right; padding-left:5px;" /></a>We begin today&#8217;s show with Sunday&#8217;s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a tiny rural community east of San Antonio, Texas, which killed 26 people and wounded 20 more. The suspected shooter has been identified as a 26-year-old white man named Devin Patrick Kelley from New Braunfels, Texas. Kelley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2010. In 2012, he was court-martialed for assaulting his wife and child, leading to a year-long imprisonment and a &#8220;bad conduct&#8221; discharge in 2014. The &#8220;bad conduct&#8221; discharge—versus a &#8220;dishonorable discharge&#8221;—meant Kelley was still eligible to buy firearms legally.
For more, we speak with Sarah Tofte, research director at Everytown for Gun Safety. Her team has just published a new report on the links between domestic violence and mass shootings.

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