Flake on guns: ‘We don’t have a good system now’

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Monday he believes Congress will look at how the man suspected of shooting up a church in Texas was able to get a gun.

“I do think that in this case I think what will come to light is we need better information sharing, if nothing else, in terms of criminal convictions or background check issue,” Flake said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“We don’t have a good system now. We don’t share information like we should between local and federal agencies.”

{mosads}Authorities said at least 26 people were killed and several others were injured after a gunman opened fired in a church on Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Police identified the suspected gunman as Devin Kelley, 26. Kelley was found dead in his vehicle a few miles from the scene. 

The Washington Post reported that Kelley, a former Air Force Member, was court-martialed in 2012 and sentenced to a year in military jail for attacking his spouse and child.

Asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota how Kelley, given his record, could buy a gun, Flake said, “I think we’ll be exploring that, I’m sure.”

Flake was present in June when a man began shooting at congressional Republicans at a baseball practice in Virginia. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot in the hip.

“There’s no way you can experience something like that, and see bullets pitching right in front of you and not figure what can we do? We’ve got to do something more,” Flake said.

“It’s not just Congress. We have to have a change in attitude and behavior,” he continued. “Sometimes there are things that would matter in terms of what Congress does, sometimes it’s more of a cultural issue or just a matter of discourse and how we treat each other.”



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