Background Checks Faulty

Thursday, February 14, 2013
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Thanks to Barney Brantingham for his recent column giving the Santa Barbara community far more information about this tragic event and the fact the killer was motivated by paranoid racism, as a major part of her mental health problems. Thanks also for letting the public know how a person may be placed for three days in a psychiatric facility, which would have prevented her from purchasing a firearm in California, but then go to New Mexico and be easily able to purchase a gun.

The fault lies within the National Instant Background Check system, which relies on states inputting information about persons prohibited from purchasing a gun. One provision is: Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution. That’s why we need universal background checks.

Note: The smiling photo of the killer was totally inappropriate and distressed family members. The night of the killer’s rampage she shaved her head, wore fatigues, and came in shooting like Rambo. That is how the killer needs to be remembered. – Sherie Higgins, mother of Maleka M. Brinley-Higgins Pineda, Santa Barbara; and Toni Wellen, chair of the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Carpinteria


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I agree about the photo in the article. I didn't like it. That smiling somewhat normal looking woman did not exist. That was a mirage. How about the photos of the victims?

sbsurfguy (anonymous profile)
February 14, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A national ID card would assist in that process of identifying criminals and the mentally ill.

Botany (anonymous profile)
February 19, 2013 at 7:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As well written as Barney's Propaganda.

Fact : the 3 day hold (5150), only in California includes an automatic 5 year ban for firearms purchase, in California only.

Fact : The FBI (NICS) does not include special state laws,
individuals that because of "Due Process of Law" that have been (5250), "adjudicated as a mental defective", are in the NICS database.

Fact : "Universal Background Checks", NICS would not have prevented the tragedy.

Fact : Why did California not hold her for 14 more days and (5250) her? The State of California paid Doctor in Ventura Failed and they continue to make mistakes, they are human and have a small facility.

Fact : Until Mental Health is given a higher priority all the Universal Background Checks in the world will not help.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 4:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The recent Dorner case has brought to light that in CA law enforcement officers, active and inactive are allowed any weapon they wish to own- even grenade launchers.
Seems a bit inequal.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)


I have not studied the Dorner case but it appears he had many illegal to California weapons.

I believe that he had a house in Nevada. If he had a Nevada Drivers Lic., he could have bought them legally in Nevada, only ATF knows if he did and paid the Tax Stamps. Also being Military, they have some special Federal exemptions that allow dual-state-residentcy that the rest of us don't enjoy, depends the location of his duty station.

Again I have not studied this mess.

I will note that Santa Barbara murder last night appears to have taken place in a "Gun Free Zone" but we all know criminals don't follow the law.

More advocation of Laws but no real solutions to deal with the problem.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 5:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah you're correct about Dorner having an NV residence, authorities say they believe he was headed there.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 20, 2013 at 5:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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