We called it. Mother Jones just published their story about gun sales on Reddit, and the entire “scoop” boils down to a couple snarky quotes from TTAG contributor FirearmConcierge and a heaping helping of the same thoroughly debunked anti-gun propaganda that we’ve seen time and time again. Hoary old gems like “40% of sales happen without a background check” (despite that being from 1994 before NICS was even in place). I love that we even correctly identified the quote from FC that they used. As for the meat and potatoes of the article, plan on going hungry . . .
There was no smoking gun of a transaction on Reddit that was illegal. There was no story about a crime committed with a gun bought via Reddit. There wasn’t even a sob story about someone committing suicide with a gun purchased through Reddit. And that’s because there’s no proof that Reddit’s community of gun owners are anything but law abiding individuals with admittedly strange nocturnal habits. So instead of running an article that describes the horror of legal gun sales online, it’s just more complaining about legal transactions and possible terms of service violations. It reads like a blog post about Colorado’s recent legalization of pot written by someone who hates weed.
I was planning on doing a point-by-point rebuttal, but there’s nothing there to argue against. The article was hoping to be a shot across Reddit’s bow, but it’s nothing but a damp squib. I’d love to take some credit for that, but I think the complete and total lack of any supporting evidence for their position did all the heavy lifting. This comment from under the MJ article pretty much sums up my opinion:
[…] the only story here is how Mother Jones takes any site where people buy and sell items, and tries to blacklist that site if people post guns for sale. As everyone knows by now, this is just another advertising medium, subject to the same laws as a want ad or newspaper classified.
Please let us know when there is an actual story.