Liberals in the media have been on the war path against the AR-15 over the last few weeks due to the regenerated gun control debate sparked anew by the Orlando terrorist attack, despite the fact this was not the weapon used in the shooting.
Many major networks and publications have sent out reporters to go “undercover” and attempt to expose the “seedy underbelly” of gun shops across America by showing just how easy it is to purchase one of these weapons.
This is exactly what Chicago Sun-Times reporter Neil Steinberg was on a mission to do when he attempted to buy a Smith & Wesson M & P 15 Sport II semi-automatic rifle from a shop in Des Plaines, Iowa.
However, things didn’t quite go as planned.
TheBlaze reports, Steinberg recalled how the transaction progressed:
When it came time to make the purchase, Rob, the clerk with the tattoos, handed me over to Mike, who gave his name shaking my hand, I gave mine. “The writer?” he said. If I wanted to lie as part of my job, I’d have gone into public relations. “Yes,” I said, explaining that I plan to buy the gun, shoot at their range, then give it to the police. He suggested I sell it back to them instead and I heartily agreed. Economical. If they would let me photograph myself with it there, the gun need never leave the store. A reporter in Philadelphia bought an assault rifle in seven minutes; 40 percent of gun transactions in the U.S. have no background checks. Here, I had paperwork. A federal form asking, was I an illegal alien? No. Was I a fugitive? Again no. Had I ever been convicted on charges of domestic abuse? No. Handed over my credit card: $842.50. Another $40 for the instructor to acquaint me with the gun the next day.
Steinberg never got the chance to fire that rifle, though.
He said an employee from the gun shop called at around 5:13 p.m. informing him that his sale was being canceled and money refunded. The reporter was initially not given a reason for the declined sale.
However, Maxon Shooter’s Supplies revealed the reasons behind the decision in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times a few hours later.
“[It] was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife,” the statement reportedly said.
“Well, didn’t see that coming,” Steinberg wrote. “Were that same standard applied to the American public, there would be a whole lot fewer guns sold. Beside, they knew I planned to immediately sell it back to them.”
Yes, the gun shop did its due diligence and prevented someone with a criminal record from purchasing a firearm.
Of course, like any good liberal who had their point busted to pieces by reality, Steinberg made up a little theory of his own about why he was denied the purchase. Get your tin foil hats ready for this one.
Now I’ll state what I believe the real reason is: Gun manufacturers and the stores that sell them make their money in the dark. Congress, which has so much trouble passing the most basic gun laws, passed a law making it illegal for the federal government to fund research into gun violence. Except for the week or two after massacres, the public covers its eyes. Would-be terrorists can buy guns. Insane people can buy guns. But reporters . . . that’s a different story. Gun makers avoid publicity because the truth is this: they sell tools of death to frightened people and make a fortune doing so. They shun attention because they know, if we saw clearly what is happening in our country, we’d demand change.
A reporter has his whole piece blown apart by the truth, but rather than admit he was wrong, the story gets flipped to a different angle altogether in order to continue pushing misinformation and spread irrational fear of guns.
That’s exactly what you’d expect from a liberal publication dedicated to helping progressives in government continue their crusade against the Second Amendment.
Meanwhile, as the country continues to focus on gun control instead of the real culprit responsible for the Orlando attack — radical Islamic terrorism — jihadists across the globe are working up plans for radicalizing the weak-minded and recruiting more individuals to carry out similar attacks on our soil.
It seems as if our government will never learn.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell.]