Devin Patrick Kelley: Failure of a Single Source Database

Several flaws, including the reliance on a single source database, exist within the government’s background screening process. Creating a comprehensive screening that includes more than one source ensures that, when one source fails, another steps in to pick up on important details. These searches should include a National Criminal Database, the National Sex Offender Registry and a Country Criminal Search. Had more than one source check been implemented, the recent Texas shooting may have been prevented. Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley’s background may have been flagged through county criminal searches, civil searches, and DCS Index Checks. While some may argue that additional gun laws and fingerprinting are surefire ways to target criminals through screening, these measures are not without flaws.

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