Thursday, August 6, 2009

The stupidity has begun

Three of the four guns found with Sodini were traced back to him, and authorities are in the process of tracing the fourth, Moffatt said. They were two 9 mm semi-automatics, a .45-caliber revolver and a .38 in his pocket. Sodini also had 30-round ammunition clips that were illegal before the assault weapons ban was lifted in 2004, police said.
Here we have CNN's Susan Candiotti typing off at the mouth without doing a simple search for the facts.

From an exhaustive 38 second Wikipedia search on "Federal Assault Weapons Ban":
"The law prohibited newly-manufactured detachable magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds manufactured after enactment of the law from sale, transfer, or importation. One effect was the increased importation from other countries of large quantities of magazines manufactured before the ban."
My emphasis. The magazine that the scumbag used was not "illegal before the assault weapons ban was lifted," it is perfectly legal then as it is now.

I'm not seeing as to how it makes one bit of difference either way; the guy had four handguns on him. Where it does make a difference is to what the public knows as the truth. It's my understanding that journalists have a responsibility to show the truth, and that means that they have to verify the correctness of what they're writing about.

Obviously that's too hard for just about anyone in the media these days.
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