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Report: Missed Chance to Prevent Maine Shooting

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A report on Friday showed law enforcement missed a crucial opportunity to avert Maine’s deadliest shooting by not confiscating Robert Card’s guns or detaining him earlier, a lapse that could have saved 18 lives.

Before the October attack in Lewiston, Maine, law enforcement was already familiar with Robert Card.

His family and fellow service members raised concerns about his worsening mental health and potential violence.

Despite warnings, Maine’s “yellow flag” law, which could have been used to restrict his gun access, was not invoked.

The independent commission’s findings highlight a series of missed opportunities and communication breakdowns among law enforcement and mental health services. In the months leading up to the shooting, there were multiple instances where Card’s behavior could have triggered intervention. Relatives had warned police about his growing paranoia and access to guns.

The Army restricted Card’s weapon access and hospitalized him for aggression.

The report criticizes law enforcement for not using the “yellow flag” process to remove firearms from individuals considered a threat during a mental health crisis.

This incident has triggered debate on the effectiveness of violence prevention laws. The report urges a review and reforms to address mental health issues and not overlook warning signs.

As Lewiston and Maine mourn, the report urges vigilance and communication to avert future tragedies. Policymakers are likely to enact changes and address mental health and gun violence.

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