James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people during a Dark Knight screening in Colorado, may have financed the rampage with a $26,000 stipend he received from the federal government.
Holmes, a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, received the money from an agency which comes under the purview of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
This could explain how an unemployed college student was able to afford an AR-15, a shotgun, two pistols and 6,000 rounds of ammunition. In addition to the living stipend, Holmes got free tuition, under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH, which is part of the DHHS, can’t be faulted for giving the money to Holmes. How could anyone predict something like this would happen? But, it would be an awful irony if federal tax dollars were used to pay for one of the worse mass shootings in American history.
The NIH conducts a background check on students, but maybe there should be a psychological evaluation, as well.
This story gets stranger and stranger. Every day, the public seems to learn more details about the enigmatic Dark Knight shooter, but there are still so many unanswered questions. Did Holmes use federal grant money to buy this weaponry?