Media Anti-Gun, Anti-Bush Storyline Reveals Itself: Are They Lying to Create It?

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Apr 17, 2007 6:15 PM

Olbermann's already implicating Bush and gun-rights advocates for the massacre.

Both ABC and Olby are saying that the high-capacity 9mm magazines the shooter was using would not have been available had the Assault Weapons Ban not expired.

Bob Owens, who works in a gun store, says this is a big fat lie:

The Ross entry states that high-capacity magazines "became widelyavailable for sale when Congress failed to renew a law that bannedassault weapons." This is a patently false statement, containing notruth at all.

High-capacity magazines have been around for more than half a century, and the sale of high-capacity magazines was not impacted whatsoeverby the 1994 Crime Bill. These magazines were freely and commerciallyavailable, both in retail stores and online, without interruption, forthe 10-year life of the ban, the decades preceding it, and afterward.

Ross implies that high-capacity magazines are now for sale on Websites as a result of the ban expiring. Again, this is a deceptive,inaccurate statement.

The fact of the matter is that high-capacity magazines were alwaysavailable for purchase (as noted above) both online, and in retailstores, without interruption.

Update: Ace notes:

PS, I'm not terribly certain a guy armed with two pistols up against a college population armed, all told, with zero really needs all that much of a reduction in reload time to maintain his advantage.