We are learning that the killer from this past week’s rampage in Texas has had a long history of mental health issues that should have been addressed earlier this month, if not sooner.
Bearing Arms points out the missed opportunities to put the killer behind bars, give him a required mental health evaluation, and remove from him his right to legally purchase a firearm:
A divorce decree issued in February shows [the killer] and [his wife] were married in California in 2002. They separated in 2013.
[The killer] had been jailed in 2008 on charges of assault and domestic violence in Logan, Utah. Those charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal, according to Logan authorities. Last year, [the killer] was served with a protective order from his ex-wife. It was dismissed after the couple filed for divorce, online court records show.
[The killer]‘s mother also had reported an argument with her son July 2 at her home in San Marcos, California, during which [the killer] physically restrained her when she tried to leave the house to call for help, the San Diego County sheriff’s office said Thursday. [The killer] left after a few hours, and his mother contacted 911, the statement says. She later obtained a restraining order against her son, according to the statement.
The courts have a history of giving this man plea deals that effectively stopped any procedures from stopping him from obtaining firearms. For some reason, even the latest encounter wasn’t enough for them to hold him. In this encounter on July 2nd, the killer tied up his mother at her home and choked her because he was angry that she was maintaining contact with his ex-wife. Does this sound like a stable individual to you?
Then, just a week later, this maniac murders an entire family except for a 15-year-old girl who survived a shot to her head. She is the reason that the killer was intercepted on his way to commit more murders because she had played dead and then once the killer left, called 911 to report the crimes and the direction in which the killer was moving.
Now tell me, does this sound like a gun problem, or a mental health problem?
A Fund has been set up for the family and as of this writing, has raised over $212,000. If you would like to contribute, you may do so here.