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The U.S. taxpayers may have financed the $6,000 cache of
guns and ammunition purchased by the alleged Colorado killer, James Holmes, in advanced
of the mass murder at the theater in Aurora.
In answer to the question of how Holmes could have
afforded such expensive purchases, University of Colorado officials have disclosed
that Holmes was being paid $26,000 a year for his studies.
According to USA Today, the elite PhD program to which Holmes
was accepted last fall admits just six students a year. Candidates for this
neuroscience curriculum have top grades and "near perfect" test
scores, graduate school dean Barry Shur said. They undergo a background check
but no mental examination. "No program requires psychiatric evaluation, to
the best of my knowledge," Shur said.
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 Glock
pistols and more than 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