Emily Miller of the Washington Times was on Cam & Company/NRA News last night, and she discussed the fact that the New York Times went and reported that the DC Naval Yard murderer had an AR15… then he tried to buy one but was turned down by some Virginia state law, both of which are complete fabrications. They not only got it wrong, they got it wrong over and over, and intentionally.
From the Washington Times:
Aaron Alexis passed Federal Bureau Investigation and Virginia state background checks to purchase a shotgun from Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Va., over the weekend.
Alexis did not attempt to purchase a rifle or handgun from the store, The Washington Times has learned exclusively.
She explained this thoroughly on Cam & Company, where she basically talked about how she called the gun store and asked them what the story was. (She’s also much more of a journalist than a gun person, because when she mentioned the shotgun Alexis used, she got the designation wrong.)
A little big of journalism can go a long way, as Emily Miller found more of the story and reported it in the Washington Times again:
The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one.
It’s important to make yesterday’s point again. The media is lying in order to create a narrative. The NYT said Alexis was prohibited from buying an AR due to some VA gun law that doesn’t exist. The message is AR=bad, gun control=good. But it’s all a fabrication.
“Virginia law does not prohibit the sale of assault rifles to out-of-state citizens who have proper identification,” Dan Peterson, a Virginia firearms attorney, told me Tuesday night. The required identification is proof of residency in another state and of U.S. citizenship, which can be items like a passport, birth certificate or voter identification card.
That’s the only difference in VA law. If you want to buy a rifle that can take 20-round magazines or more, or that has a folding stock or threaded barrel, you have to prove you’re a US citizen.
While it is true that Alexis rented and shot an AR-type rifle at Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, sources close to the investigation tell me that he did not attempt to buy the rifle.
Instead, he passed both the federal and state background checks and bought a Remington 870 shotgun and 30 shotgun shells (00 buckshot), which he used, tragically, to kill 12 innocent people.
The Times’ mistakes indicate the paper is trying to give the impression only some unexplained “assault weapon” ban in Virginia stopped Alexis from killing more people. The truth is that we have thousands of gun laws on the books, but none of them stopped a homicidal maniac intent on mass murder.
On top of this, there’s the obvious disconnect that someone with a secret security clearance and special access to a naval base has already been background checked by the government with access to very restricted areas. His prior gun-related offenses and craziness didn’t restrict him from working on a “secure” facility.
He not only bought a shotgun (as endorsed by Joe Biden) and not an evil baby-killing assault death murder rifle, but he’s been passed through enough background checks to be in secure areas. If the people who are trusted with secret clearance can’t be trusted with guns, who can? The answer, to the left, of course, is no one (they exempt themselves and their enforcers, of course). Their goal is an eventual total ban. Asking why we should trust a government that spies on citizens, spies on journalists, targets political dissidents with the tax system, smuggles weapons to narcoterrorist cartels and mid-east terrorist cells, is responded to with the typical modern liberal/leftist argument.
Consider as well that when the Aurora, CO murderer decided to go on his rampage, he obtained everything he used to make both his incenidary bombs at his apartment and his assorted weaponry used at the theater, not as a madman, but as a neuroscience graduate student. On paper, he was the promising future doctor or neurosurgeon because nobody reported any erratic behavior – there’s no mechanism to have him taken in for treatment. On paper, the DC Naval Yard murderer was a man admitted every day into a secure facility with secret clearance and a 10 year record in the Navy that had all its flaws overlooked, and with run-ins with the police that never turned into convictions that would have denied him access to firearms, or more importantly, perhaps gotten him recognized for being a danger to himself & others so he could’ve been treated.
Ultimately, criminals and madmen intent on mayhem will get weapons. All that’s necessary to make a firebomb is a container and a source of fuel. It’s a good thing we don’t sell IED firebomb fuel by the gallon on the corner.
Oh yeah, that’s right.
It might be wise to focus on the actor in these crimes, not the tools. Fixating on the tools gets grandma strip-searched at the airport for nail clippers while a jihadi sneaks through with a bomb in his underwear. Fixating on the tools means that when Russia lets us know about a pair of Chechen terrorists and our intelligence and defense agencies do nothing, they’re surprised when terrorists come up with IEDs. Remember what the I in that stands for – improvised.
But that would require a whole other kind of discussion and solution, and it’ll be one that neither aids those who desire a more powerful government, nor those who want quick solutions.