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Democrat Media, Pols Wrong About Use Of AR-15

From the Daily Caller:

Politicians, media outlets red-faced over wrong claims about gun in Navy Yard shootings

By Chuck Ross | 09/17/2013

Media, politicians and activists had to backpedal Tuesday after an FBI spokesperson said there is no evidence that Aaron Alexis, the gunman who murdered 12 people in the Navy Yard shooting Monday, used an AR-15 in the massacre.

“We do not have any information at this time that [Alexis] had an AR-15 in his possession,” said FBI assistant director Victoria Parlave at a press conference on Tuesday. Parlave said that it is now believed that Alexis, 34, possessed a shotgun when he entered the Navy Yard…

Joe Biden’s weapon of choice.

Many outlets reported the initial claim that Alexis used an AR-15 in the attack.

The New York Daily News ran a front page headline which read “Same Gun Different Slay” in reference to the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting and the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school.

The Daily News front page contained another error — it used a picture of the crime scene which turned out to be a unrelated to the shooting.

The website BuzzFeed posted a now-corrected article featuring several pictures of the AR-15 citing the gun as being used in the Navy Yard shooting.

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner continued to use a graphic of the Navy Yard shooter wielding the large AR-15 in a report on Tuesday, hours after CNN issued a report that federal officials were backing away from the AR-15 claim.

On Monday a federal law enforcement official told USA Today Alexis was “armed with an AR-15, which is a light-weight semi-automatic rifle, as well as a shotgun and a handgun.”

The Los Angeles Times also reported that Alexis was engaged in a “running gun battle” with Navy security guards while carrying the AR-15.

The Washington Post editorial board asked how Alexis acquired “his weapons (an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol were reportedly found on him).”

The New York Times cited the false claim as well. “Three weapons were found on Mr. Alexis: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol, a senior law enforcement officer said,” the Times reported.

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan reiterated the false report on his show Monday evening saying that the Navy Yard “was still infiltrated by a man with a legally purchased AR-15, who just committed the same kind of atrocity as we saw at Sandy Hook, and Aurora.”

Politicians also mimicked Monday’s error.

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a statement on Monday which read, “This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons — including a military-style assault rifle — and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough?”

“A gunman appeared with an assault rifle, and several other weapons,” said Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.

“How did he get these weapons into this Navy Yard, an assault rifle and other firearms,” Durbin asked at the end of his speech…

Though, to be fair, all these ‘journalists’ and politicians weren’t completely mistaken. It turns out that AR-15s were involved in the Navy Yard shooting.

From the New York Times:

Suspect’s Past Fell Just Short of Raising Alarm


Law enforcement officials on Tuesday provided new details about the shooting. They said that in addition to the shotgun Mr. Alexis was carrying, he used a .45-caliber handgun that he may have picked up once inside the Navy base.

The Washington police chief, Cathy Lanier, said that officers armed with AR-15s were at the scene within two minutes of the first 911 call. Chief Lanier said the entire shooting episode lasted at least 30 minutes…

In fact, the odds are an AR-15 was used to kill Aaron Alexis. (Do Feinstein and Durbin want to take AR-15s away from the police, too?)

Still, isn’t it appalling that a military base has to rely on the local police for security? Of course, it’s thanks to them being ordained ‘gun free zones.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Democrat Media, Pols Wrong About Use Of AR-15”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Movie Theaters

    Public Schools

    Military Bases

    Public Streets in Arizona

    Seems like the sign that says “This is a Gun Free Zone” is not a strong enough deterrent. Can you imagine a criminal going on a rampage IN A POLICE DEPARTMENT, and no one could do anything for 30 minutes? Of course not, they have guns.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Is there a linear progression here? Army – Fort Hood,
    Navy, Washington Navy Yard. What’s next, an Air
    Force installation? After all, it’s the Air Force that has
    done the most recycling of jihadists to fertilizer lately.
    Hopefully someone in the miltary will figure out a way
    to prevent this from occuring. (I’m not discounting the
    Coast Guard being targeted, but most camel jocks
    don’t think in terms of oceans, Somalies excepted.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    16 mass shootings since Obama took office.

    Yes. There is a progression.

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