A gun store in Alexandria, Virginia, was all kinds of offended to be the subject of a CBS news story showing how easy it is to buy an AR-15 so they called the ATF to report a “crime.”
Via the very right-wing Washington Free Beacon:
The store, SpecDive Tactical in Alexandria, Virginia, said that when CBS News’ Paula Reid purchased the rifle she told the store’s general manager the gun was for her own use. However, when CBS reported on the story they revealed the gun was purchased for the story and transferred to a third party a few hours later. “The rifle we purchased was legally transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia, just hours after we bought it,” the report said.
The store said they contacted the ATF after viewing the report because they feared the misdirection used by the CBS reporter constituted a straw purchase, which would be a federal crime.
In other words, SpecDive is super pissed about the bad publicity and is engaging in petty payback. The only thing they actually fear is that some liberal “gun grabbing tyrant” is going to make it a little more difficult to buy an assault weapon to shoot up a school or gay nightclub. Remember, any and all gun control laws are a direct attack on
their profit margin the Second Amendment and freedumb.
What the Beacon conveniently neglects to mention in its rush to “expose” CBS as criminals is the segment showed how obscenely easy it was for them to buy a weapon of war:
All told, it took 38 minutes and $1,030 for her to walk out of the store legally armed with a rifle, 100 rounds of ammunition and a 30-round magazine.
“Throughout most of America, you could go into a gun store and buy an AR-15, just like you’d go into a Starbucks and buy a cup of coffee,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.
And THAT’S why SpecDive and the Beacon are so outraged; they want to keep assault rifles easily accessible.
The right-wing blogosphere is all abuzz about SpecDive calling the ATF. Apparently they think CBS is gonna get it! Sadly, the ATF has a record of not prosecuting the dirty liberal media for doing its constitutionally-protected job, so it looks like SpecDive, the Beacon and the rest of gun nut right are stuck with a bowl full of sour grapes. But it makes you wonder why they’re all so anxious to see the media discredited for reporting on just how dangerously easy we’ve made it for people to commit mass murder. It’s almost like they know how broken our gun laws are and they’re desperate to keep anyone from noticing.
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