A day after a gunman opened fire on unsuspecting parishioners in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the United States Air Force admitted it failed to enter the shooter’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database. No criminal record on file allowed the gunman to legally purchase firearms, including the rifle he used to kill 26 people.
In 2012, the Air Force court-martialed Devin Patrick Kelley for domestic violence and barred him from owning or buying guns. But in 2016 he legally purchased a rifle he used in his attack on the First Baptist Church during Sunday services.
On December 24, families across the world will snuggle their children, sing Christmas carols, and nibble on candy canes, all while engaging in that age-old Christmas Eve pastime: tracking the flight of Santa Claus and his reindeer across the skies on their computer screens. The website, NoradSanta.org may be relatively new, but the idea behind it is sixty years old. And it almost never happened but for a Sears advertisement in December 1955.