… and most amusing.
I could not believe this when I first saw it in my e-mail, I thought …
Well, wait a second and let me back up.
A few years ago, more than a handful actually, I subscribed to a German news service which was headquartered in D.C.
The reason I did so was because, ironically enough, I wanted to keep abreast of legislation in Europe related to firearms ownership control, and crime trends.
It turned out that although I did receive some useful news links, especially concerning crime and economic trends in Germany, I was able to accomplish much of what I really wanted to do with my own research.
So I cancelled, and after wrangling for some months, eventually managed to put an end to the service.
Imagine my surprise then, when about a year ago I started receiving e-mails from “EIN” ( that was the name of the service) containing links to various news items from around the globe. Well, sort of from around the globe. Many concerned the United States, and I’ll be “doggoned” if the strangest thing hadn’t happened. It seemed almost as if some breathless politically “progressive” intern from the Huffington (Facebook conversations reflecting community values only please) Post had assumed control over news item selection and captioning.
My routine became, click to open, quick to glance, click to close.
So, anyway today I opened up the latest EIN “World News Monitoring” e-mail , and found that according to EIN News Editors’ Picks for June 27, 2014, Walmart was peddling sniper rifles to all and sundry.
EGAD! SNIPER RIFLES!!!!
My goodness! Walmart is selling Barretts? Or at least honest to goodness sniper rifles?
Gee. “How much could I pick one up for?”, I wondered. Or maybe Kathy would get me one and stash it away for Christmas?
No, no. I better get right over there and scoop up mine before the horders arrive!
So I followed the link.
Now, let’s actually take a look at the “sniper rifle” Walmart is selling,
Walmart’s .177 pellet gun
A pellet gun! A lousy pellet gun!
This “sniper rifle” turns out to be a pellet gun – a crummy pellet gun. You know, of the same caliber as the standard BB gun, but with a higher velocity, and maybe suitable under some circumstances for dealing with smallish rodents where the law allows. Don’t shoot at that red squirrel if there is a window behind it Johnny!
Perhaps the EIN News writer, knows so little about guns that he or she doesn’t even understand the difference between a BB gun or a pellet gun on the one hand, and what they insinuate is a firearm on the other?
Well maybe. Perhaps the person I early on mocked as an apparently histrionic intern, is in fact British. That might explain it, since the alarmed reaction might then make some sense; since even toy BB or air soft guns are disallowed in that so-called “cradle of liberty”. As is when you come right down to it, so much else illegal in Great Britain nowadays, such as for example, truly free political speech.
But, you would at least think that someone, other than a transparently lying propagandist, or a timid twenty-something ignoramus from Great Britain, or their American equivalents, would exercise a final editorial supervision over the titling of these links: so as to at least minimize, if nothing else, the ridiculousness of the situation when the redounding stupidity of their presentation became, as it inevitably would, comically apparent to all and tarred the writer with the label “IMBECILE”.
What are these idiots thinking? Oh that’s right. Idiots don’t.
That’s why they are idiots.