Dopey reporter tries to do a Heather and buy a gun, fails the background check

It seems reporters the world over do dumb stuff to try to prove they are smarter than everyone else.

Here in NZ Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper thought she was revealing a “loophole” and broke five laws in order to obtain a gun.

Now in the US a reporter tried to do the same thing and got pinged for failing the background check.

In an attempt to show how easy it is to buy a modern sporting rifle, Neil Steinberg, of the Chicago Sun-Times, was denied by the store owner’s because “it was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.

Mr. Steinburg tried to allege that wasn’t the real reason. According to him it was because, “they knew I planned to immediately sell it back to them.”

He further complains that people who have yet to commit a crime, unlike him, are able to buy guns. “Would-be terrorists can buy guns…But reporters . . . that’s a different story.”

On his Twitter account, he states that domestic battery is a flimsy reason for a gun store to deny a sale.

This is not the first time an attempt to show how easy it is to buy gun has back fired. The Free Beacon reported how a CBS News employee committed a straw purchase, which is a federal crime.

The store, SpecDive Tactical in Alexandria, Virginia, said that when CBS News’ Paula Reid purchased the rifle she told the store’s general manager the gun was for her own use. However, when CBS reported on the story they revealed the gun was purchased for the story and transferred to a third party a few hours later.

The store owner has since filed a report with the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Stupid is as stupid does. All he did was show that background checks work and wife beaters like him shouldn’t get guns.

Steven Crowder summarises the fail in this reporter’s efforts:

Yeah, three things.

1. We don’t think “guns should be kept from people for the flimsiest reasons.” But ten points for your use of “flimsiest.” You’ve probably only used that word to describe some of your appendages.  FYI Neil, we’re laughing at your expense because it’s funny. There you were, trying to be all “Look it how easy it is to buy a ‘scary black rifle,’” only to have a background check disqualify you from purchasing said rifle. Some might call it “irony.” Others “karma.” Po-tay-toe, Po-tah-toe.

2. A typical, white, leftist male who thinks domestically abusing their wife is a “flimsy reason” to not own a weapon? Okay, no. If you’ve been charged with a violent crime, maybe someone like, I don’t know maybe I’m grasping at straws here, YOUR WIFE, wouldn’t want you to have a weapon. Any kind of weapon. Even a scary black rifle. Maybe not even a baseball bat. Because domestic violence.

3. As to the bitch-fest about “people who haven’t yet committed a crime being able to purchase guns… then commit a crime…” complaint. Right. Because Apple has yet to develop a crystal ball. No one can ever know if someone is going to be a would-be anything. There’s no app for that. Ask your wife. She probably didn’t know you were an abusive super-douche. Yet no one stopped her from marrying you. Because no one can time-travel.

Now if only we could get Greg O’Connor to educate himself on firearms.

I love how reporters try these stings on and then howl with outrage when they are pinged for it.


– Louder with Crowder, Hypeline

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