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August 22, 2019
Reporter Tries Proving It's Easy to Buy a Gun at Walmart. Does the Opposite.
Media and liberal politicians proclaim it's easier to buy [insert benign object here] than it is to buy a [weapon of war, assaulty boom stick, death cannon, laser-guided pocket rocket launcher]. But anyone who's gone through the gun-purchasing process knows buying a gun takes a few hours at least, and that's even if you've got a concealed carry permit in hand. Who didn't know this was Hayley Peterson reporting for Business Insider. She tried buying a gun at a Walmart or two but hit several roadblocks. May this be a teachable moment for all the anti-gun idiots who've never once purchased a firearm. Listen to Ms. Peterson.
I went to Walmart with the intention of buying a gun last week as part of an investigation into the placement, selection, marketing, and security of firearms in Walmart's stores, and to learn more about the retailer's processes governing gun sales.
My journey to bring a gun home from Walmart turned out to be far more complicated than I expected.
So not as easy as filling a prescription. Not as easy as buying a pre-made salad. Not as easy as judging a 300 pound gender-fluid person wearing a tube top and hot pink sweat pants that say "juicy." First, Ms. Peterson couldn't find guns at walmart.com other than air-rifles. Then she couldn't find guns by calling on the telephono. It took her several calls to find even one store that admitted to selling the scary shooters, but finally found a store in Virginia which admitted to stalking up on those metal sticks with stocks.
When she finally got to the Sporting Good's section of the store, which is past the kiddy aisle with toys, here's what she found:
The selection of guns was limited compared with nearby gun stores, which offered dozens of different kinds of firearms, including handguns.
Walmart stopped selling handguns in the 1990s and removed semiautomatic rifles, such as the AR-15, from stores in 2015.
What a let down. No Assault Rifles of Murder, and no simple hand cannons of doom. There was also no advertisements for guns anywhere in the store. Someone tweet AOC stat.
Walmart faced backlash on social media this month over a photo of a gun display in one of its stores with a sign hanging overhead that said "Own the school year like a hero."
Walmart said that photo, which was from 2017 but had resurfaced online, was a prank staged by a non-employee.
Oh. Well details, details. Ms. Peterson was not allowed to purchase a gun the first day she was there, as there were no certified gun sales associates working at the store. She was told to return on Thursday, which she did. She noticed all the guns were securely locked in a gun cabinet, and further secured with chain locks and zip ties on the guns themselves. After a zip tie was cut so she could inspect the rifle, it was replaced and put back in the case. Related: Myth BUSTED: The Gun Show Loophole is a Giant Distraction.
As she was filling out the paper work to purchase a firearm, she noticed this:
Under a section called "certification of transferee," it asked about my criminal record — whether I had ever been convicted of a felony, subject to a restraining order, or prohibited from purchasing a firearm, among other specifics.
In red print, the form said that "an untruthful answer may subject you to criminal prosecution."
Right. Any of us who has legally purchased a firearm has been through this process. Multiple times. We understand the seriousness taken when purchasing a weapon.
Peterson was still filling out her paperwork when the sales associate asked if her address on her application matched the address on her driver's license. It didn't, as Peterson had recently moved. Oopsy daisy, no gun for you, Ms. Peterson. Because to run a successful background check, all data must be accurate and matchy matchy.
Rules for gun purchases are strictly enforced, regardless of what Beto O'Rourke might say between mouthfuls of organic soil.
Hayley Peterson couldn't buy a gun. Lo and behold, she discovered something few leftists are willing to learn for themselves: it's not easy to buy a weapon, even from the same store made notorious by the shoppers who haven't a clue about basic fashion decency.
Kudos to Ms. Peterson for learning something on her own. I want to make sure she understands I'm not mocking her. She heard a meme, and put it to the test. Now we need Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Joe Biden to do the exact same. Take a camera crew and show us how "easy" it is to purchase a firearm.
This story will not change the anti-gun narrative, which thrives on ignorance. But here's hoping Hayley Peterson's story will filter through to a few mind-numbed morons who will at least hit pause before parroting the anti-gun talking points.