Friday, July 20, 2012

Where Are The Red Flags?

I understand that there are reasonable (and constitutional) limits to how much intrusion from law enforcement agencies an individual will tolerate, but I have to wonder:
Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition, along with four guns, online in the weeks leading up to the tragic event that claimed numerous lives and left dozens injured at a movie theater outside Denver. (Source: Huffington Post)
If someone purchases as many bullets as James Holmes did, in just a few weeks, including some 3,000 rounds for an AR-15, and also buys enough body armor to look like a member of the SWAT team without actually being one, shouldn't that raise some red flags that law enforcement should be able to pick up? What about the much-maligned ATF? Is it maligned for good reasons, one has to wonder...

2 comments:

Rita Kelley said...

This is the voice of reason. Surely, we have the technology to set up a system whereby it can be picked up that someone is purchasing an inordinate amount of ammunition in combination with body armor, 2 semi-automatic hand guns, shotgun and other bomb-making equipment; also tear gas canisters, gas mask...there's an obvious profile here. We have the technology to set up a red flag system, especially since copy-cat behavior is a real possibility.

Rita Kelley said...

The voice of reason and common sense. It's insane to think that we don't need to at least tweak the system to alert authorities that someone who is not law enforcement or military is buying 6000 rounds of ammunition, body armor, gas mask, gas canisters, 2 semi-automatic handguns. That profile should be sending red flags all over the country. It's important that we install some sort of screening procedure that will alert when one individual is engaged in this activity and has no reason or license to be doing so. Common sense.

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