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How Could Loughner Afford A $500 Glock?

Some hard-hitting journalism from ABC News:

Glock 19: How did Unemployed Jared Loughner Buy Popular, Expensive Pistol?

The Glock 19 Costs $400-$500, Not Including Bullets and Magazines

Jan. 11, 2011

The gun Jared Lee Loughner allegedly used to try to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a popular firearm around the world. Questions remain how Loughner, with no record of recent employment, could afford a $500 Glock 19.

Little is known about Loughner’s employment record. He volunteered at a local pet shelter in January and February of last year, according to the New York Times, which reported he was told not to come back after he refused to follow the rules about where to walk the dogs. Loughner said on his application at the shelter that he worked at an Eddie Bauer store in Tucson from October 2008 to November 2009

Given that our new unemployment benefits which now extend for three years, Mr. Loughner could easily still be collecting unemployment from his job at Eddie Bauer. The top unemployment benefit in Arizona as of 2009 was $240 a week. Which should be plenty for someone still living with his parents.

By the way, you will notice that ABC News did not wonder where Mr. Loughner got the money for his daily marijuana smoking.

If it turns out that he did purchase this pistol with extended unemployment money should Congress be held partly responsible? What will Ms. Pelosi say?

Should people be allowed to buy guns with federal money?

Loughner legally purchased the Glock at a Sportsman’s Warehouse chain store in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 30 after passing a background check…

Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, said the pistol’s price ranges from $400 to $500, not including bullets and magazines. Wal-Mart Inc. confirmed that Loughner tried to buy ammunition at one of its stores but was refused service due to "strange behavior," according to the FBI. He was later able to get it at another Wal-Mart

Rand said the Glock 19 has been used in other mass killings, including the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007. In that incident, Seung-Hui Cho used a Glock 19 and a Walther P22 rifle to kill 32 students and take his own life…

Gun-control advocates are using the incident in their campaign to bring back the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which was enacted in 1994 but expired in September 2004.

Sportsman’s Warehouse had no comment about Loughner’s method of payment. Jason Ogan, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said he did not have information related to Loughner’s payment method.

Loughner appeared Monday before a Phoenix judge who assigned him two public defenders. Based on a financial affidavit that Loughner signed, the judge said he might not be financially able to pay for defense attorneys

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., announced Monday that they intend to introduce legislation to prohibit the manufacture and sale of high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, such as the Glock 19.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wrote in a statement: "If Congress had not allowed the ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ to expire in 2004, the shooter would only have been able to get off 10 rounds without reloading."

Loughner was allegedly able to fire at least 20 rounds from his 33-round clip, according to Helmke.

It would be a little ironic if the gun control advocates are able to use this tragedy to further chip away at the Second Amendment. (And, for that matter, the First.)

Representative Gabrielle Giffords is herself a staunch Second Amendment supporter. She also owns a Glock 9 and has said she is a good shot.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “How Could Loughner Afford A $500 Glock?”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    (New Castrati impression) Ms. Kim, Mr. Gilbert, you are contributing to the climate of political vitriol by asking such questions.

    There’s only one fact that matter in this tragedy: Jared Loughner was able to buy a gun. End of story! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/only-one-fact-in-arizona-loughner-got-a-gun_n_806823.html

  2. Astravogel says:

    I do believe that the gun-grabbers keep a boiler-plate
    copy for these horiffic events with spaces for insertion
    of name(s) and dates. It would explain how quickly
    they flood the MSM with them. Since their sole
    reason for existence is to continue to receive their
    paychecks and chip away at freedom, it seems

  3. retire05 says:

    And all these “We have to ban gun” screamers will never admit the fact that it wasn’t law enforcement, or the federal government, that brought Loughner down to the ground. Once again, it was ordinary citizens, just like those whose names are imprinted on our minds (Todd Beamer). The same people that stopped the Christmas Day Panty bomber.

    9-11 response time? About 12-20 minutes. My ability to get off a round toward someone trying to harm me? About 2 seconds.

  4. River0 says:

    These people always have some sort of support network. None of us operate entirely independently, especially delusional schizophrenics. Pima Cnty.Sheriff Dumkopf has known about Loughner and his mental disorder since ’07. He’s trying to deflect criticism for his ineptitude and incompetence by blaming Rush and all of us..

  5. mr_bill says:

    More gun control, huh? He managed to buy drugs which are illegal. What would have stopped him from buying illegal guns as well?

  6. proreason says:

    No progressive buys into the quaint, discredited, 100 year-old concept of working. Government benefits are the way to go.

    The shooter probably bought the gun with his “tax cut”.

    Or maybe he got a “loan” to buy the gun.

  7. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    First of all “a Walther P22 rifle” is incorrect, the P22 is a pistol not a rifle. But then again I’m the one who is incorrect for erroneously thinking a liberal elitist ‘journalist’ from ABC would actually be educated about something on which she would have an opinion.

    Second, how could he afford the pistol? Is it not obvious? He was funded by the NRA, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and the vast right wing conspiracy.

  8. Georgfelis says:

    (Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wrote in a statement: “If Congress had not allowed the ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ to expire in 2004, the shooter would only have been able to get off 10 rounds without reloading.” )

    The Glock 19 has a 15+1 round capacity (15 in the clip, one in the action) with a regular clip. The nut used an extra-long clip that sticks out the bottom of the pistol about a foot, giving 30 rounds plus a much higher percentage of jams and failures to load. What the Brady campaign is trying to do now is to ban these extra-long clips, but what you can see from their words they are fully aware of the “slippery slope” involved. Either that or they are just ignorant.

  9. xdannyh says:

    Typical of the left wing loonies they have a commission, committee, advocacy group, et al. to push their agendas chaired by who ever they can get to be lucid for over 2 min. Take for instance the honorable and knowledgeable:
    Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, (whatever that is), who doesn’t know the difference between bullets and cartridges but can pontificate all day on Glock 19’s and their use in mass killings. A small thing yes but very illuminating.

    • Perdido says:

      When a liberal starts to argue gun control with me I can usually stop the nonsense by asking them what caliber gun Tim McVeigh used at the Murrah Building.

  10. GetBackJack says:

    49 Social Security (discovered) identities for Barack Hussein Obama in six different states, listing 116 different addresses … multiple Selective Service registrations for the same identity, but at wrong and varying ages …. documents that routinely disappear for each of these mystery men, and documents that routinely disappear regarding alleged parents and grandparents … no record of his schools, admission to college, how anything was paid for, no record of his travel on the many passports issued to the many different but now vanished Barack Hussein Obama(s) …. law license yanked but no record of the case or what censure was involved …

    …. I think the Men In Black could probably front this punk a Glock or the $$$ for a Glock without a helluva lot of trouble, Son of Sam style; if they can manufacture a President out of thin air.

    Oh, I’m cray am I?

    (Hat Tip Glenn Reynolds)

    MARK HALPERIN IN TIME: Maybe a horrendous act of violence will kill hundreds, even thousands, of Americans and thereby brighten Obama’s political future. “No one wants the country to suffer another catastrophe. But when a struggling Bill Clinton was faced with the Oklahoma City bombing and a floundering George W. Bush was confronted by 9/11, they found their voices and a route to political revival.”

    It’s like they had the narrative pre-written.

  11. River says:

    In the 1960’s, partly as a result of Ken Kesey’s blockbuster hit book ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘progressives’ made it far more difficult to take delusional schizophrenics – and a lot of other dangerous criminals – off the streets. They successfully floated the notion that a lot of very creative innocents – like the character McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson in the movie version) – were rotting away in mental hospitals, only because they were maverick free thinkers.

    This is another example of the social engineering failures of the Left. Along with the ‘open borders’ policy of Democrats in Arizona, which bankrupted the social services in that state, we have chaos and death.

    • Javert says:

      Geraldo Rivera and the Willobrook expose freed many who could not care for themselves. They increased the crime in NYC streets. Had Sheriff Dubnik’s office worked on the many complaints about Jared, he would have been on the Brady can”t buy list. So much for laws keeping citizens safe.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Whether he bought it legally doesn’t matter. For if he was that intent on getting a gun, he would’ve found a way. Probably from any one of his drug sources…they often know how to get other things, including guns.

      The issue about his mental state is correct. Had this been oh, 1986 or so, he’d be committed and under constant supervision; Quite possibly medicated to be able to better balance whatever was wrong in his brain, chemically. Like has been said, many people who are not mentally well self-medicate with pot, cocaine, alcohol, etc. Maybe it was the fact that he couldn’t afford healthcare that resulted in his condition being so bad, for obamacare would’ve definitely gotten him the help he so desperately needed (right? RIGHT? heh)

      But seriously, this one-off incident of a guy who was apparently focused on Giffords smacks of a bad mental state and the only thing I can say other than it’s absolutely tragic and I have felt horrible everytime it has come across my mind today and yesterday, is that the liberals have made themselves complicit by causing mental health facilities to close and making it so hard to get someone committed or even the proper help they need. Their lofty version of utopian “fairness” has resulted in the murder of several and the attempted murder of a sitting member of congress. If that’s progress, I say it stinks.

  12. wirenut says:

    I don’t care how Loophner “got his gun”. I care why some would deny me, mine! A nine year old flower of a girl was denied her destiny by the hands of a madman. Of all the carnage that happened on”that” Saturday, an armed citizen perhaps could have put an end to it,,,,,, before it got to her. Only criminals and tyrants fear an armed citizen. Prayers mean nothing to the leftists,so skin their fake concern. To them, It’s politics as usable.

  13. racerx says:

    By the way, you will notice that ABC News did not wonder where Mr. Loughner got the money for his daily marijuana smoking.

    Perhaps that’s because Loughner wasn’t using marijuana when his psyche broke. At a minimum, it’s disputed whether he was using marijuana around the time of the shootings.

    After Loughner apparently gave up drugs and booze, “his theories got worse,” Tierney says. “After he quit, he was just off the wall.” And Loughner started to drift away from his group of friends about a year ago. By early 2010, dreaming had become Loughner’s “waking life, his reality,” Tierney says.

    Now, I don’t attribute ABC’s failure to address this facet as being made through informed decision. To the contrary, I simply don’t believe ABC made the connection. Irrespective, I do think that it’s fair to demand that we get the facts correct, just as we’re insisting that the left do the same about the blame game.

  14. platypus says:

    I just heard Ann Coulter tell Lars Larsen that Sheriff Dupnik told victims of the shooter’s death threats to keep it quiet because he was friends with the shooter’s mother and that he (Dupnik) would take care of it.

    If this is true, then they had the chance to arrest this nutcase on a felony charge which gives the judge almost unlimited authority to issue conditions for release on bail.

    Such as: wear a ankle bracelet, stay home except for doctor visits and employment, etc. A pending felony charge would have absolutely stopped his gun purchase.

    If Ann is right, then the dead people’s estates have a slam dunk civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff and it’s no mystery why he launched his right wing slander operation.

    Typical lefty – cover his own a$$ first and fast.

    • Perdido says:

      I don’t know if what you say is true.

      I do know that I was immediately suspicious of Dupnik as continued to raise hell about the “right wing rhetoric”, even in the face of the evidence entirely to the contrary. It looked to be the classic liberal faint.

      Another thing. It seems these shooting by the younger guys has a consistent thread: psychotropic drug therapy. Ritalin. Will this come out six months later as it did after the Colombine and Arkansas shootings?

  15. Perdido says:

    Do you think ol’ Loughner could light up a 75 watt bulb if he put it in his mouth?

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