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Letter to the editor: Failure to communicate

| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the Texas church shooting, one wonders as to exactly what sort of discussions are going on at the offices of the U.S. Air Force, which did not transmit criminal records information about the shooter to the mavens at the FBI, a failure that certainly contributed to the victimization that took place. Had this data been transmitted to the FBI, which presumably runs those vaunted background checks in Texas, the shooter's purchase of firearms would have been blocked.

Additionally, was this failure to communicate a breakdown that applied to just one individual case, or is it indicative of systemic failure? And does this failure to communicate involve only the Air Force, or does it reflect operations throughout the military?

These questions need to be answered.

Alan Schultz


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