Washington Times: NYT, others making up stories of Navy Yard shooter trying to buy AR-15

Aaron-Alexis--Navy-Yard-suspect-jpgIt seems the so-called “mainstream media” — known here as the Democrat-media complex — is so intent on linking Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis to an AR-15 that it is literally making things up.

So says Emily Miller at the Washington Times, who excoriated the New York Times for shoody journalism in its reporting of the AR-15 that didn’t exist.

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“The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault-weapon law stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true,” Miller said.

She added:

The Times has a story Tuesday on its homepage with the headline “State Law Stopped Gunman From Buying Rifle, Officials Say.”

The first line says: “The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials.”

Apparently neither the reporter nor his editors took the time to fact check their vague “law enforcement officials” sources.

According to Miller, Dan Peterson, a Virginia firearms attorney, said the law does not prohibit out-of-state sales as long as the purchaser has the right ID.
“The required identification is proof of residency in another state and of U.S. citizenship, which can be items like a passport, birth certificate or voter identification card,” she added.
“State law in Virginia — like most states — allows purchase of rifles or shotguns by residents of other states. Virginia simply requires some additional forms of identification,” said John Frazer, another firearms attorney in Virginia.
Of course, this is all an effort to demonize AR-15s and those who own them in an effort to advance gun control.
The fact that Alexis didn’t have one doesn’t seem to matter.
This kind of “reporting” is not only shoddy, it is dangerous.
Strangely enough, this is what we’re getting from so-called “real” journalists…
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