by Matt Lacy –
While some have blamed lax gun laws for suspect James Holmes’ massacre at an Aurora Cinemark theatre last week, it now appears federal money may have been used to purchase his ammunition.
On Monday, officials at the University of Colorado disclosed that the unemployed Holmes was being paid $26,000 a year by the Department of Health and Human Services through a grant offered by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
The story was reported by WNEW News who noted that Holmes was one of only six students at the school to receive the grant.
Holmes apparently acquired the ammunition and weapons used in the attack over a period of months leading up to the attack. While Democrats and the Brady campaign have seized on this as an opportunity to call for greater gun control on law-abiding citizens, claiming that greater restrictions would have prevented the shooting, it appears as if one could make the same case about the government grant.
President Obama initially said he would not call for any new bans on guns in the wake of the shooting. However, on Monday White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president would be willing to “evaluate” legislation that would essentially ban online sales of ammunition.
Earnest was asked at a daily White House briefing that while the president remained committed to gun rights, if a bill limiting ammunition sales through the internet or other legislation came to his desk the president would “evaluate them.”
While Congress and the White House have both indicated they have no intentions to take up gun control legislation in view of the shooting, Sarah Brady, with gun control group the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence claimed Obama told her he was working on gun control under the radar.
The couple reportedly were meeting with press secretary, Jay Carney, when, according to Sarah Brady, the President came in. She said the President told her he wanted to talk about gun control and “fill us in that it was very much on his agenda.”
She went on to say Obama told her, “I just want you to know that we are working on it. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”