Key word: tried. And denied. Turns out the intrepid Chicago Sun-Times writer has a history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence.
Neil Steinberg, writer for the Chicago Sun Times, saw how easy it was for other journalists to waltz into a gun shop and walk out with a child slaughtering, full auto, death machine, exactly like the one that the Navy Marine Rangers use (leftist talk there), so he decided to try it Des Plaines, Illinois. Only this didn’t quite go according to plan.
In Illinois, there's a mandatory 24-hour waiting period between buying and taking possession of a gun.
Being fact-based I know, you buy a gun, the person you are most likely to shoot, statistically, is yourself. And your family. More pre-schoolers are killed by guns than are police officers. Nor do I need the sense of security, false though it may be, that guns bring. I live in Northbrook, where criminal danger is remote. My boys laugh at us for locking the doors. I don’t plan on keeping this gun a second longer than I have to for this column.
As it happened, that was going to be less of an issue than Neil had envisioned. He made it clear to the gun shop owner that he intended to buy the gun, shoot a few rounds at their range, and subsequently turn the weapon over to police. The gun shop owner suggested that he simply sell it back to them; a proposition that the intrepid columnist happily accepted,as he wouldn't even have to put the murder machine in his car to take it to the police.
At 5:13 Sarah from Maxon called. They were canceling my sale and refunding my money. No gun for you. I called back. Why? “I don’t have to tell you,” she said. I knew that, but was curious. I wasn’t rejected by the government? No. So what is it? “I’m not at liberty,” she said.
Gun dealers do have the right to refuse sales to anyone, usually exercised for people who seem to be straw purchasers. I told her I assume they wouldn’t sell me a gun because I’m a reporter. She denied it. But hating the media is right behind hating the government as a pastime for many gun owners. They damn you for being ignorant then hide when you try to find out.
A few hours later, Maxon sent the newspaper a lengthy statement, the key part being: “it was uncovered that Mr. Steinberg has an admitted history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.”
In a nutshell, the columnist got shot down due to his own checkered past. Rather than acknowledge that fact, he does what any good Leftist does: he claims he was singled out because he works in the media, and everybody knows that gun owners hate the media almost as much as they hate government:
Now I’ll state what I believe the real reason is: Gun manufacturers and the stores that sell them make their money in the dark. Congress, which has so much trouble passing the most basic gun laws, passed a law making it illegal for the federal government to fund research into gun violence. Except for the week or two after massacres, the public covers its eyes. Would-be terrorists can buy guns. Insane people can buy guns. But reporters . . . that’s a different story. Gun makers avoid publicity because the truth is this: they sell tools of death to frightened people and make a fortune doing so. They shun attention because they know, if we saw clearly what is happening in our country, we’d demand change.
Yeah, sure. Whatever you say, Neil. You couldn't pass the background check due to having been charged with beating your wife, along with your history of alcohol abuse, so it must be some big conspiracy against self-styled "reporters". Got it.
Hey, you still got to write your anti-gun screed.
By the way, Neil: over the Father's Day weekend in Chicago, 18 people were shot to death and many more were wounded. No AR-15 "assault weapons" were involved. Maybe you should make that your next column.
There's a reason why nobody pays attention to the media these days, and why subscriptions are tanking.