One of these things is not like the other…

[UPDATE] Apparently I jumped the gun and gave the GFW Police Chief way too much credit. He really DID mean that the glorified duck gun the perpetrators used is a “weapon of war”.

Sigh.

Hunters: are you paying attention? No guns are “safe” from the tender ministrations of the authoritarians among us. Believing that your Winchester model 70 (hyper accurate sniper rifle) or Remington 870 (weapon of war) is safe and that you can safely throw we black rifle shooters under the bus is dangerously naive. [UPDATE]

…one of these things just doesn’t belong.

CNN, on a statement made by Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey:

One suspect was “ready to go to war” in the way he was armed, Comey said.

Considering that, according to other reports, the suspect was armed with a pump shotgun…CNN’s account would lead us to believe that the Police Chief was implying that a shotgun is a weapon of war would it not?

However a Fox affiliate printed a version of the quote with a bit more context.

Police Chief Thomas J. Comey said, “This individual came fully ready to go to war with us.”

Hmm. I would be more inclined to interpret the fuller quote to be referring to the suspects mindset and attitude as much as…if not moreso than…the way he was armed. I guess one COULD interpret it to mean that the Chief was talking solely about the choice of firearm…but wouldn’t objective journalism demand that the “reporter” print the full quote and allow the reader to decide what was meant by it?

Nope…no bias here.

***to be fair…the Fox story also includes it’s own version of PSH, initially referring to the criminal’s firarm as an “automatic shotgun” then later changing it to “illegal pump shotgun”. Does New Jersey’s assault weapon ban affect shotguns?***

Hat tip to Techmage for the CNN and MSNBC stories and to Thirdpower for the Fox affiliate story.

3 thoughts on “One of these things is not like the other…

  1. Oh, btw…NJ's AWB only effects semi auto shotguns. Was looking into getting an aftermarket barrel shroud and bayonet lug for my 1897, when I learned this tid bit.

  2. The really amusing thing is that I think, as long as your semi-auto shotgun is not "A semi-automatic shotgun with either a magazine capacity exceeding six rounds, a pistol grip, or a folding stock" you could theoretically have as many bayonet lugs, flash hiders, forward grips, etc, as you like. See 2C:39-1 Definitions of the NJ Permanent statutes.

    (Of course, I'm sure the NJAG will call that "substantially similar" to a listed weapon…)

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