http://www.ijreview.com/2015/07/365507-dylann-roof-illegally-obtained-gun-used-fbi-just-announced-allowed-happen/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Owned&utm_term=conservativedaily&utm_campaign=Crime Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who massacred nine black Christians at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, used an illegally purchased firearm to conduct his terrorist act. Now, it appears that the federal government failed to flag him. FBI Director James Comey met with a group of reporters at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he revealed the reason Roof was able to purchase a firearm. According to The Washington Post: “Comey said failures in the gun purchase screening system enabled Roof to acquire the weapon used in an attack that authorities have said was motivated by Roof’s racist views.” Roof, who has since been charged with nine counts of murder, purchased a .45 caliber handgun despite being arrested on a felony narcotics charge — a charge that should have prevented him from obtaining the weapon. Comey admitted to the federal government’s inability to prevent Roof from purchasing the weapon, expressing deep regret for the agency’s failure: “This case rips all of our hearts out, but the thought that an error on our part is connected to a gun this person used to slaughter these people is very painful to us.” Since the shooting, congressional Democrats like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) have called for “expanded background checks” in response to Roof’s attack. However, the background checks that currently exist would have prevented Roof from obtaining the firearm had the federal government conducted them properly. Congress has not alluded to movement on advancing any anti-gun measures, due to a Republican-controlled House and Senate, as well as public opinion being mostly against further restrictions on gun rights.