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Gun Laws Held Useless in Mass Murder

August 25, 1986|United Press International

WASHINGTON — Stricter gun control laws would not have stopped Patrick Henry Sherrill from killing 14 co-workers in the Edmond, Okla., post office in one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history, Oklahoma County prosecutor Robert Macy said Sunday.

Appearing on the CBS "Face the Nation" program, Macy said Sherrill "got both of his guns legally, and I'm convinced that Pat Sherrill is the type of man that, had he not had access to firearms, would have walked into that post office with a bomb because his intention was to kill everyone in that building and . . . if firearms weren't available, he would have found one."

Macy said there was nothing in Sherrill's background to indicate he was likely to go on a killing spree.

"What I see in Pat Sherrill is a ne'er do well who was a good athlete in high school," Macy added. "That was the last time he had any recognition of any kind. He went in the military. He never even went overseas, but bragged afterward that he was in Vietnam, when he had not been.

"He went from job to job. He's 44 years old. He's accomplished nothing," Macy said of Sherrill.

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