"In 2010, he graduated with top honors from University of California Riverside with a bachelors of science in neuroscience, and then moved to Aurora to pursue his education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Holmes was an honors student and Ph.D. candidate at the school's graduate program in neuroscience until he voluntarily withdrew from the program in June.
He was one of six recipients of a Neuroscience Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health, which funds pre-thesis Ph.D. students in the neuroscience program at the nschutz Medical Campus.
According to the university, the focus of the program is on "training outstanding neuroscientists and academicians who will make significant contributions to neurobiology."
He reportedly failed a preliminary exam before pulling out of the program, according to ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. It is unclear if the exam was related to his decision to leave the program." ABC News
The slaughter in Aurora was so clearly a mental health issue that I discounted that as an immediate response and concentrated on the politics of this tragedy. I see that this was a tactical error. Many of you are a lot more sensitive to death and destruction than I. The political tirade is in full "bloom" with various gun control advocates calling for; smaller magazines, no semi-automatics rifles, shotguns or handguns, etc. As I have written, to the outrage of some, none of that will happen in any meaningful way. There is already federal firearms legislation that bans machine guns, sawed off shotguns, silencers, etc. Individuals can easily obtain federal licenses to own such things. Many do so. The Democrats are terrified of the votes of gun owners. The Republicans exploit the issue successfully. There will not be new law on "hardware." Bloomberg can afford to be a "tiger" on this issue. He is mayor of New York City, a citadel of enthusiasm for an unarmed citizenry. BHO is in a very different position. If he wants to be a one term president, let him speak on the issue. The damage to his chances "at the margins" would be impressive.
IMO the emphasis should be on ways to keep crazy people from buying guns legally. This would not be easy. The Va. Tech shooter had a mental health record, but present day privacy sensitivities prevented this record from reaching the police. Holmes, thus far, does not seem to have a psychiatric record.
How can you keep an adult with no psychiatric problems, criminal record or restraining orders concerning firearms from buying a gun?
Ban guns? That i not going to happen in the USA so get creative.. pl