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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Why We Shouldn't Trust the Media or Police When It Comes to Guns

The Daily Mail reports on photos found by police after a bust of Los Angeles street gang members. The photos show children posing with firearms. One of the photos is hysterically reported as showing a young girl in Disney Pajamas holding an AK47. From the story:
Law enforcement in Los Angeles have been left stunned after they discovered photographs on social media showing young children holding AK-47's during a massive crackdown on the notorious Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang. 
In one of the shocking images a young girl in Disney pajamas brandishes the iconic Russian assault rifle, pointing the barrel right at the camera ...
The photograph is captioned: "Disturbing: This image shows a young girl wearing Disney pajamas pointing an AK-47 rifle at the camera. The image was recovered during a massive crackdown on the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang in LA." The headline to the story proclaims: "A little girl in Disney pajamas aiming a machine gun: The shocking pictures of gang members' children playing with deadly weapons discovered in LA police bust." Presumably LA law enforcement told the low information reporters what type of weapon was in the photo.

Here is the photograph in question:

Disturbing: This image shows a young girl wearing Disney pajamas pointing an AK-47 rifle at the camera. The image was recovered during a massive crackdown on the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang in LA

The problem, of course, is that the weapon is a U.S. made M-1 carbine--i.e., a weapon that is NOT an AK47, NOT an assault rifle, NOT Russian, and NOT a machine gun (it only being a semi-auto weapon, after all). Moreover, there is nothing indicating that the weapons were loaded, so calling them "deadly" is pure hyperbole. And finally, I don't see anything indicating that kids handling a firearm under adult supervision is a violation of California law. So why should we believe the media and police when it comes to firearms if they get so hysterical they can't even get basic facts correct?

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