In the wake of the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting Monday, questions are emerging about how a government contractor with a pattern of misconduct and an arrest record was able to obtain security clearance and a gun. Should the laws that allowed Aaron Alexis to purchase a gun be changed?
Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America and Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Senior Policy Advocate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, join hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter tonight at 6:30pm ET to debate guns in the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting.
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(CNN) -- The one question we all desperately want answered may have gone to the grave with Aaron Alexis: Why?
Why did he park at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, walk into Building 197, perch himself on an overlook above the atrium and open fire? The bullets that rained down killed 12 people and wounded eight others.
He was sent on a contractor's job to Japan for a month. That was from November to December. And he got back and he felt very slighted about his benefits at the time, financial issues, he wasn't getting paid on time. He wasn't getting paid what he was supposed to be getting paid. His point of contact wasn't able to clearly explain to him what was going on and why his benefits were so messed up at the time. I know he expressed a lot of frustration and a lot towards that. That's when I first started hearing statements about how he wanted to move out of america. He was frustrated with the government and how as a veteran he didn't feel like he was getting treated right or fairly.-Kristi SuthamtewakulFriend of Aaron Alexis
Sometimes we would see him. Sometimes he would come in and I would see him three, four times a week, sometimes a couple of times a week. Sometimes i would talk to him a couple of times a day. It just varied. Sometimes he would disappear for three or four days, a week. And he would be back and everything seemed fine. He was excited about his job that he was going to in DC.-Kevin McDanielStore owner and friend of Aaron Alexis