You want Weapons of War®? We got yer Weapons of War® right here. That noted Second Amendment bastion, the New York Daily News, is pulling out all the stops today to subtly make the point that there’s really no valid reason for
AR platform rifles ‘Newtown weapons’ to exist. Assuming his customary position and jumping on the pile with his usual brand of nuance and thoughtful analysis is respected firearms expert, Mike Lupica: “They call semiautomatics like this sport rifles. You bet. Mostly for the sport of killing innocent people, and killing them fast.” But Mike seems to have missed a news nugget . . .
Alleged shooter Aaron Alexis – who was involved in two prior shooting incidents, but not prosecuted – went into the Navy Yard yesterday with only a legally purchased
shotgun BAPDI (Biden-Approved Personal Defense Implement). According to nbcnews.com, he then took “the sidearm from a police officer he shot and another from a gunsafe or other secure location.” So assuming the report is correct – and yes, it’s still very much early days – in addition to the pistol he took from the cop he downed, Alexis had access to military-owned weapons stored on-site.
Oh, and given their experience with fellow contractor Edward Snowden, maybe the mega-minds minding the .gov store should take a look at their security clearance standards. You know, background checks? That’s right, in addition to a Texas CHL, Alexis had one of those, too.
Back to rifles, though. There’s really no point in arguing those details with the News. They have a narrative to advance and they’re obviously on a roll. Little things like facts just aren’t going to get in their way at this point.