Experts: New Gun Safety Measures Not Enough to Foil Uvalde-Type Shooting
Former FBI agent Mary Ellen O'Toole says that the Uvalde shooter could still easily have fallen through the cracks even with all the proposals in force. Experts say that's why more gun safety provisions are needed.
The measures included in the newly announced federal gun safety proposals might not have prevented the Uvalde shooting had they already been in place, reports ABC News. Former FBI agent Mary Ellen O’Toole, a leading expert in profiling criminals’ brains, said that Ramos could still easily have fallen through the cracks even with all the proposals in force. The legislative framework contains six proposals focusing on mental health plus three gun-specific proposals that include targeting criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements and cracking down on those who illegally purchase and traffic guns.
O’Toole also pointed out that for the Uvalde shooter to have been directed toward mental health assistance that might have prevented the shooting, those around him would have needed to be aware of the warning signs. And since Ramos purchased his AR-style weapon legally, the proposal’s crackdown on criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements would not have applied to him. School safety experts say that’s why more gun safety provisions are needed.