Washington Navy Yard

Another tragic mass shooting! I cannot believe the failure of the systems, or lack of systems, that allowed this person to obtain, or keep, a “secret” security clearance. There were so many red flags for so many years that Aaron Alexis was a danger to society. As recent as a month ago he complained to police in Newport, Rhode Island he was hearing voices through the walls and ceiling of his hotel room and microwave vibrations were being sent into his body to deprive him of sleep. When we did work at the Navy base in Newport earlier in this year we had trouble getting on the base and were actually turned away once and had to leave because one new tech didn’t have proper clearance. Costly day for NSC but quickly corrected. One would think his clearance would have been denied but maybe clearance is not the biggest issue. Even more troubling was his ability to purchase a gun with all the documented mental issues he had. If he didn’t have clearance it probably would have happened somewhere else anyway. Just as it was with Sandy Hook the real problem seems to be dealing with mental health issues properly and sooner. Why is that not such a hot topic as gun control?


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