Investigators have wondered how the Aurora shooter, James Holmes, was able to afford the 6,000 rounds of ammunition he purchased online, along with four guns (including a semi-automatic rifle) he bought at local stores, in the months prior to murdering 12 people and wounding innumerable others. According to the New York Times,
Mr. Holmes might have paid for the weapons and other materials he acquired. He was receiving a $26,000 stipend, in monthly installments of $2,166, for a National Institutes of Health neuroscience training grant for the graduate program he was enrolled in at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.
Naturally, we may wonder about the clearance process for NIH grant recipients (particularly in the mental health field). We might further wonder whether Mr. Holmes was seeking solace and answers for his own torment by studying neuroscience. According to the New York Times,