Apparently Starbucks works differently in some places than they do in Richmond. That’s the only thing I can take from this CBS This Morning piece.
Did you catch gun control advocate and UCLA Law School professor Adam Winkler saying “in most places you can go in to a gun store and buy an AR-15 much like you can a Starbucks and buy a coffee.” Really? The CBS producer bought the firearm after showing the required two forms of ID plus she provided a passport. Have you ever done that in a Starbucks or any other coffee shop?
Mark Anthony Wright at National Review Online offered some great thoughts on this non-story:
Take a minute to think about the demands of the gun-control Left. Would universal, instant background checks have prevented this purchase? The purchaser passed a background check. How about preventing those on the terrorism watch list from purchasing guns? While I can’t be sure, I assume CBS’s producer was not on the terrorism watch list. How about making sure the mentally ill, those involved in domestic abuse, or minors cannot purchase guns? What about cracking down on “Internet sales” or expanding the definition of “federally licensed firearm dealers” to include most private sellers? What about closing the “gun-show loophole”? It doesn’t appear that any of those reforms would have prevented this purchase either.CBS’s producer fulfilled the requirements under the law to purchase the weapon — if CBS wants to take the editorial position that all gun purchases should face a mandatory 48- or 72-hour waiting period, that is their prerogative. But as it stands, this is a non-story. What would have made it a story? Perhaps if a CBS producer with a criminal record, or under some other current legal prohibition from purchasing a firearm, had managed to buy the rifle in 38 minutes. Now that would be a scandal.
And they wonder why fewer and fewer people watch network news programs.