CBS News: James Holmes received thousands from grad-school grants ahead of deadly Aurora shooting
James Holmes was the recipient of a $21,600 grant from the National Institutes of Health, a research agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to agency records. The grant lasted from July 2011 through June. Holmes also received a $5,000 stipend from the University of Colorado-Denver, where he was a first-year Ph.D. student in its neuroscience program.Again, everything points to him being a model student with a bright future, which makes this even more disturbing.
Previously, CBS News reported that Holmes spent $15,000 to stockpile a massive arsenal, which included bullets and ballistic gear bought online and four guns from brick-and-mortar stores...I was honestly curious how he afforded all the kit he had. All that stuff is far from impossible to buy, but it would certainly be quite difficult to buy on a student's finances. Having a glut of money offered him the opportunity to do something he might have otherwise dismissed as monetarily impossible, though there are still many gaps in his reasoning.
I can't help but wonder at the fact that this money is simply given to him with no or few strings attached. I kept reading the article expecting to find that the money couldn't have been spent in gun shops because there would have been a claims process that required approval or something, but it appears they just handed him cash money to spend on whatever he chose.
Foodstamps may only be spent on approved items, yet we see them being misused constantly. Are there checks in place that were circumvented, or were there no checks at all?
"This was his only known income, so this brings up -- you know, in the most unintended consequence possible -- what you have here is the specter of a federally funded shooting because this appears to be the money he had access to during the time he was planning this," senior correspondent John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, said.Because I'm not a liberal, I'm not calling for a new Bureau of How People Spend Federal Grant Money, but because I'm not full retard I will ask why the hell this isn't something that we already do. The idea of simply handing students tens of thousands of dollars to spend however they wish seems about as smart giving congress tens of billions of dollars to spend however they wish.
Adding auditors to federal programs is like shining sunlight on a vampire.
Luckily, simple, common sense, "wtf we're not doing this already?!" ideas like auditing grants rings very true with we the people. People on both sides of the aisle want to make sure their tax dollars aren't being spent on either guns, knives, and tactical carbine classes or past life regressions, yoga classes, and free trade gluten free cruelty free soy free ipad cases.
This is a prime opportunity to call for some sunlight to be shined on these grants.