The Media Gets Dumber By The Minute

Looking over the morning’s gun ban news, the glaring errors make it clear – has checked it’s brains in a cold storage locker.

Take this item from a New jersey “newspaper:”

Thomas Hartless was convicted of felony abduction in 2010, so for seven years he was not legally allowed to own a firearm.

There are enough errors of fact to make on wonder if the author is phoning in from Djibouti. Starting with the fact that, as stated, Thomas Hartless was a violent felon who, under American law, could not lawfully look at a gun for life plus infinity.

And yes, Thomas Hartless, violent felon, was a “felon in possession, and a candidate for up to 20 years in a cell. Because, quoting the second paragraph::

Yet Hartless did own guns, dozens of them. In May, He used a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a Ruger .45 caliber pistol to kill Kirkersville police chief Eric DiSario, nurse Marlina Medrano and nurse’s aid Cindy Krantz.

So yes, Thomas Hartless had guns. Did Hartless buy those guns from a dealer? No, the 500 or so dealer price for a gun that may have to be thrown away if the law gets too close was to much.

Did Hartless buy the guns he possessed from a private citizen? No, the $450 or so going price for a Ruger .45 in good condition is too much for a gun that may be thrown away if the law gets too close.

so where did Hartless get his guns? The same place virtually every other “felon in posseion” gets guns. Tehy either steal them or they buy them from friends and relatives who have chosen the cirminal lifestyle. At worst, the price would ahve been less than $150, there would be no paper trail leading to Hartless. And if Hartless stole his he guns he possessed.

But thee is no mention of the fact that more than 80 percent of recovered crime guns are stolen guns. and most importantly, the fact that most crime guns are stolen in and trafficked from places far removed from the place hey are recovered.

Why is one of our most serous problems, gun trafficking, allowed to exist? Because our media sweeps reports of trafficking under the rug. Without pressure to do something about street sales and gun trafficking, prosecutors generally try to get a guilty plea and a “time served” sentence. And thousands of guns disappear into the hands of criminals every year.

It is time for the media to take a long look at the real problem, gun theft, trafficking in stolen guns, and street sales, and start putting pressure on our truly criminal justice system.

Either that – or let the complicit media pack their keister and hit the road. A year of cherry picking and smelt gathering in Michigan and peach picking in Georgia would teach tem a lot about the world they live in and its people.


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