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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:23 AM

Police: Gun used to kill 3 in Ky. bought same day

Source: Associated Press

Police: Gun used to kill 3 in Ky. bought same day
| January 16, 2013 | Updated: January 16, 2013 7:40pm

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) A gunman enraged by a domestic dispute bought a gun and fatally shot his former girlfriend, her uncle and her cousin in the parking lot of a small southeastern Kentucky college, police said Wednesday.

The violence near the school Tuesday afternoon locked down the campus for more than an hour as police searched the two buildings of Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard. The campus was closed Wednesday and will reopen Thursday.

Caitlin Cornett, 20, and her uncle Jackie Cornett, 53, were found dead at the scene when police arrived about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said. Twelve-year-old Taylor Jade Cornett, who police said was shot multiple times, died Wednesday afternoon at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, said Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.

Dalton Stidham, 21, was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. The officer handling the case was not available Wednesday night to say whether the latter charge would be amended.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Police-Gun-used-to-kill-3-in-Ky-bought-same-day-4198179.php

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Reply Police: Gun used to kill 3 in Ky. bought same day (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 2013 OP
MichaelHarris Jan 2013 #1
Moosepoop Jan 2013 #5
hack89 Jan 2013 #7
Moosepoop Jan 2013 #9
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #10
Mrs. Ted Nancy Jan 2013 #27
Javaman Jan 2013 #14
politicaljunkie41910 Jan 2013 #16
ReRe Jan 2013 #2
CanonRay Jan 2013 #6
Blue_Tires Jan 2013 #25
ReRe Jan 2013 #26
harmonicon Jan 2013 #3
FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #20
tclambert Jan 2013 #4
davidpdx Jan 2013 #8
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #11
geomon666 Jan 2013 #12
davidpdx Jan 2013 #21
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #22
davidpdx Jan 2013 #23
jpak Jan 2013 #13
DallasNE Jan 2013 #15
Jennicut Jan 2013 #24
Grins Jan 2013 #17
valerief Jan 2013 #18
HuckleB Jan 2013 #19
raidert05 Jan 2013 #28

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:49 AM

1. Is this one of those

good guys with a gun who decided not to be a good guy with a gun anymore? Seems he passed a background check. I know the NRA told me that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun was with a good guy with a gun but I don't know what to do when it's a good guy with a gun. Maybe look for a mediocre guy with a gun?

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Response to MichaelHarris (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:04 AM

5. Did the pawn shop that sold him the gun do a background check?

I didn't see that mentioned anywhere in the article.

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Response to Moosepoop (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:26 AM

7. They were required to by law. nt

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Response to hack89 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:10 AM

9. Thanks -- I wasn't sure if pawn shops were required to conduct them.

I found this article a little bit ago:

Girl, 12, becomes third fatality of shooting at Ky. college

Kenny Woods, a Baptist minister who owns H & K Gun & Pawn Shop in Perry County, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that Stidham bought the gun legally at his shop about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"He cleared a background check without even a delay," Woods said. "Everything was fine with him."

Woods said he would not have sold the gun had Stidham been acting strangely.

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Caitlin Cornett had gone to court in Perry County in November in an attempt to get an emergency domestic violence order against Stidham, but she was unsuccessful, her sister said.


I'm now wondering if the court had granted the emergency restraining order, would that have shown up in the background check and prevented Stidham from purchasing the gun at the pawn shop?

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Response to Moosepoop (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:08 AM

10. Yep. Lautenberg Amendment.

Should happen automatically. They are supposed to turn in any guns they own to the police as well, for storage/holding while the order is worked out.

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Response to Moosepoop (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:52 PM

27. The pawn shop owner is a baptist minister

I doubt he will be conducting the funerals of Mr. Stidham's victims.

He must have missed the lessons from Ezekiel.

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Response to Moosepoop (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:32 AM

14. kind of pointless now, no?

But I know what you are driving at. If they didn't they are just as guilty.

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Response to MichaelHarris (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:56 PM

16. No this was not a good guy with a gun and that's the problem. All these gun laws will mean that

there won't be enough good guys with guns walking around ready to take down the bad guy with the gun. It's all Obama's fault.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:53 AM

2. Damn!

That young lady was trying to change and make her life better for herself and her baby. Well, Stidham now has three murders on his hands, since the 12 yr old boy died on Wed. Thank God he didn't kill his baby too! What a horrible incident. All because the young man was able to purchase the gun at a PAWN SHOP! That SOB that sold him the gun should be held accountable too, if he broke any laws by selling the gun to Stidham in the first place. My heart goes out to the Cornett family.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:18 AM

6. If the pawn shop owner broke any gun law, he should be an accessory to murder.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:21 AM

25. yeah, i hate that "if i can't have you no one will" -mindset

the killer just should have turned the gun on himself first...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:13 PM

26. That's right....

.... he can go out in a blaze of glory and not hurt a soul (because he doesn't have one.)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:35 AM

3. What was it that Homer Simpson said?

Something like, "Waiting period?! But I'm angry now!!"

Oh well, this was only 3 people, and only 1/3 of them were children. History shows that you need at least a 4:1 ratio of children to adults in mass killings to expect any real response.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:37 PM

20. You beat me to it!

More wisdom on The Simpsons than in DC most days.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:40 AM

4. Is horror fatigue setting in?

It seems harder to get outraged about yet another mass shooting. Maybe it has become the new normal.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:42 AM

8. So there was an instant background check and they got the gun the same day?

Am I reading this right?

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 10:19 AM

11. If the gun lobby had their way....

handguns would be available from vending machines.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:06 AM

12. Yup

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 03:37 AM

21. This didn't answer my question

Which is did the people apply for and get the gun on the same day? I get the impression this is the case, but I'd rather have someone confirm this instead of making an assumption.

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 04:21 AM

22. Kentucky does not have a waiting period. It's Rand Paul country. nt

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:02 AM

23. Thanks for the answer

I guess if you really are mad at someone and and wanted to shoot them that would be the state to live in.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:10 AM

13. Waiting periods don't work - or so we are told.

yup

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Response to jpak (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:41 AM

15. There Are More Obstacles To Voting Than Buying An AR-15

In many States. Now how nuts is that.

Very few States allow you to register and vote on the same day but as this example shows, there is no problem with walking into a store and walking out with a gun and ammo.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:23 AM

24. Crazy, just crazy.

In this instance, a waiting period might have totally saved three people's lives.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:58 PM

17. Another member of that "well regulated militia" (N/T)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:58 PM

18. Appropriate name for city. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:23 PM

19. Ugh! UGH! UGGGGHHHHH!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:00 PM

28. wtf..

 

I'm in the military and have a security clearance and I live in Virginia of all places and I have to wait 5 days to get a gun...something is terribly backwards here...

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