Several weeks before Elliot Rodger killed three people with a knife and three people with a gun, police followed up on a tip from his mother and interviewed him at his apartment.
However, they did not check the massive California database of gun owners before going, so they went to the apartment and left without knowing Rodger owned guns.
And instead of discovering the guns and perhaps saving three lives–Rodger still would have been able to stab the others–they visited him and described Rodger as a “wonderful human.”
Ironically, having his guns discovered was Rodger’s biggest concern as his “day of retribution” approached. Fox News reported Rodger’s admission: “If they demanded to search my room… That would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was over.”
According to The Washington Post, although California has “the toughest gun control regulations in the country,” they are all for naught if no one checks the database.
Emeryville, CA, Police Chief Ken James said, “I cringed when I learned they didn’t run [the database] for guns.”
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