Transcript for FBI: Dylann Roof Gun Purchase a Failure of Background Check System
A stunning heartbreaking admission from the FBI director about last month's massacre in the South Carolina church the accused killer Dylan roof should not have been able to buy a gun. The national background check system failed. Roof who is charged with killing nine people at a Bible study at a historically black church. Had previously admitted to drug possession during an arrest a revelation that should have prevented him from buying a weapon. But that information failed to surface during the FBI background check. The FBI is continuing to investigate exactly what happened. When it came to the purchase of a firearm by via suspect in the Charleston shooting. The FBI is leading the painful laps just hours after the confederate battle flag came down. The grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. A historic moment set in motion by. Killings which have been labeled hate crime the Rampage sparking fierce debate about the symbolism of the battle flag. The flag represents history. The civil war in people with out many of the victims' families were at the Statehouse today and so were thousands of others. Who came to witness a day many thought would never com. The first time in my life this data said that we all want our lives matter and if this offends us. We will take it Dan. And the debate continues here in Washington where Democrats trying to seize the moment are now pushing to remove from the US capitol. Any emblems that has a portion of the flag. Mary Bruce ABC news Washington.
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