There is a huge problem with the systems talking to each other. There are even differences in how states run background checks.No, I was thinking more along the lines of, if the police had been to his house 30 times there was an obvious issue which in conjunction with the obvious signs of mental instability should have been documented in a way in which would have put a hold on his ability to purchase a firearm without some sort of additional scrutiny.
I don't think we have a huge problem with the systems talking to each other. Any reporting system is only as good as the information put in to that system.
While I agree with you there was a problem, the system has no legal definition of “obvious problem” or way to flag the individual in a way that prevents them from buying a gun. Right now the only prohibition is around being declared legally insane by the judicial system or being committed to an institution. Therein lies a problem we can agree to a fix on?