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Nine people didn't have to die in Charleston.
According to the FBI, Dylann Roof should have FAILED his background check due to his prior arrest for drug possession. The charge would have barred the killer from purchasing the gun that tragically ended the lives of innocent people.
So, how did this awful mistake happen?
The bureau attributes the gaffe to a clerical error, claiming that a NICS agent who performed the background check on the 21-year-old shooter was unable to determine which county the arrest had been made in and whether the gunman had been convicted of the crime.
The investigation into the perp unfortunately took longer than three days — and law says that you can sell a gun to someone if the background check takes longer than three days to complete.
Um, what?! How can that law even be a thing?! We're not sure even who to blame in this terrible situation — is it the FBI's fault for not processing the check sooner or is it this law?!
A spokesperson for the FBI stated:
"This rips all of our hearts out and we are all sick this happened."
Agreed. It's sickening and it never should've happened!
Ugh. We can't even begin to imagine how the families must feel upon hearing this news… so sad.
[Image via AP Images.]