Holmes was awarded university grants from the National Institutes of Health to study neuroscience. University officials admitted that Holmes was being paid $26,000 a year for his studies. That is likely the source of funding for his purchases of munitions and explosives.
I must be careful to say that we don’t know if Holmes directly used the grant money to fund his purchases of munitions. It does appear to be his only source of income however.
The university stressed that the grant money doesn’t come directly from taxpayers, but since the government doesn’t have any money, it had to come indirectly from taxpayers.
…Doctoral students receive free tuition, and most get federally sponsored 12-month grants of $26,000, about $500 a week. Holmes, who was not employed, bought an assault rifle, shotgun, two semi-automatic handguns and 6,000 rounds of ammunition in the months leading up to what police called a methodically planned shooting spree.
Officials say virtually no doctoral student has an outside job, given the intense nature of the program, which can take four or more years to complete…
I merely mention this because of the cruel irony of it. There is not much anyone could have done about how the killer used his grant money.
Ninety packages containing munitions and materials for explosives were shipped to the campus. Since they went to the campus mailroom and Holmes’ room at the university, one could ask why 90 packages from gun shops and similar companies were being delivered to the neuroscience department.
“We have thousands of packages that come here every day,” the campus police chief said.
Graduate School Dean Barry Shur said he felt “very comfortable” with the university’s handling, saying that university members closely monitor students for signs of academic and emotional problems, and that Holmes was no exception. That is one statement that would have been better left unsaid.
One gun club owner had a better sense of who Holmes is. He rejected Homes’ application to the gun club after hearing his bizarre voicemail message .