Journalist Tries to Buy AR-15, but It’s Not as Easy as He Thought

gun rightsBy Joshua Krause

After every mass shooting, you’ll find politicians and journalists who are woefully ignorant about firearms, calling for more gun control. Then you’ll start hear a few stories in the news about journalists going out to buy “assault rifles” just to prove how easy it is to do in America. However, sometimes these timely anti-gun stories don’t go as planned.

Neil Steinberg, a journalist with the Chicago-Sun Times, recently attempted to buy a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 for his anti-gun hit piece. Since this was in Illinois he had to attain a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, then fill out paperwork for a background check, and then wait 24 hours to pick up the firearm.

Unfortunately for Steinberg, this attempt to prove that firearms are just too easy to buy in America was a failure. During the background check it was discovered that he had a criminal record. According to the gun store, “It was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.”

For some reason Steinberg went with the story anyway, despite the fact that it proves current laws are already restrictive for violent and irresponsible people, like himself. He played it off as if the gun store was out to get him because they knew he was a journalist doing a piece, and they didn’t want the bad publicity. “Would-be terrorists can buy guns. Insane people can buy guns. But reporters . . . that’s a different story.”

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Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.

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4 Comments on "Journalist Tries to Buy AR-15, but It’s Not as Easy as He Thought"

  1. I live near Kansas City, MO. Here in MO and KS we are pretty much pro-2nd Amendment and have few state restrictions. I bought my AR about 4 months ago. I was under the assumption I could walk out with it right then and there, but this was not the case. I also had to wait. It was about the same wait I had when I bought one of my handguns a few years ago, which is usually 1-3 business days. Some of the customers who were buying non semi-auto rifles or shotguns could take their purchases with them. Not so with the AR.

  2. William Burke | June 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm | Reply

    That’s because it’s super-duper deadly. Plus you can take out an NFL stadium crowd with one magazine clip in under 6 seconds flat! ?

  3. I don’t get it – so what – he had issues of alcohol and domestic. All sovereign bipeds of the Usurped States should not have any trouble with purchases. I walked out with mine and several others on the same day.The background check runs counter to the 2nd amendment.

    • sharon sampson | June 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm | Reply

      None of us know anything about this guy. So easy to get incorrect information into the media. And then there is the girlfriend/wife, a female shooter someone saw along with other shooters and for sure another guy in California who for whatever reason called the FBI when he found that Omar had been ‘killed’….he had explosives or at least the chemicals and weapons and was hired to do some massacre in California ATST.

      NO BLOOD? What does that mean? NO BODIES? What does that mean? And who got this information anyhoo? They’ve done this many times before but I am concerned at how much of all of this information is correct, lies?

      We watched a couple of groups of people supposedly carrying injured people…to help? They were carrying them towards the Pulse. One group when they obviously thought no one was videoing just dropped their ‘injured’ guy (no blood, no guts, no crying, screaming…), lit up cigs and walked away.

      Found an advertisement in Craig’s list for actors for the Democratic National Convention in (conneticut/pennsylvania)…right in our faces.

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