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There went that narrative

Just kidding. The narrative is the same.

After a newsworthy shooting, the press often reports that the gun was an AR, AK, or assault rifle. Much like they did with yesterday’s shooting. Turns out, not so much:

In Belleville, Hodgkinson had purchased at least three guns, all from a local gun dealer, and had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, a source said. Among those three guns was an SKS assault rifle, the source said.

An SKS is an assault rifle? It’s as much an assault rifle as it is an assault pistol.

20 Responses to “There went that narrative”

  1. Tim Says:

    ”Twas the monstrously evil bayonet that made ‘im do it…..

  2. Sigivald Says:

    I heard tell of “50 shots fired”.

    So he either had a really big aftermarket mag on it, or reloaded five times.

    (Or … reports are wrong, imagine that.)

  3. Patrik Says:

    Highlights of fail….
    Traces were still being done on the two firearms recovered at the scene — an SKS rifle 7.62 (which is a Chinese-made AK variant) and a 9 mm pistol on Wednesday, a law enforcement source tells CNN.

    I did not know that all SKS’s were chinese or that it is an AK variant….

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report misidentified this size of the a pistol recovered from the scene of the shooting. It was a 9 mm pistol.

    I read the article before they kinda corrected themselves. It had said .9mm pistol

  4. HL Says:

    Please, can we refer to this as a “newsworthy matter” or “congressional baseball matter”?

  5. rickn8or Says:

    Oh, it’s just the media finally getting around to demonizing the SKS, because it’s cheap and fires the same cartridge as the AK-47 Death Ray.

  6. Thirdpower Says:

    Until they show an actual picture, it’s just the media making crap up.

    When David Lawson was testifying in Chicago regarding SKS’s and ‘Assault Weapons’, the CPD ‘experts’ refused to even touch the SKS he had brought because it was so scary.

    I’m not exaggerating.

  7. rickn8or Says:

    But Thirdpower, it’s only got ONE Dreaded Evil Ugly Feature.

  8. SPM Says:

    Yeah, you know they are itching to say it was a 38mm fully automatic revolver with a 100 round clipozine!

  9. Ron W Says:

    It was also reported that the perp purchased his SKS rifle and pistol legally. Yet prejudiced, bigotted reactionary politicians like Virginia Gov called for more gun control against law abiding citizens to make it easier for murderers to use their legal guns against them. This perp expected to have the approx 40 unarmed victims inside of a fenced in “gun free” baseball park courtesy of leftwing politicians.

  10. kfg Says:

    Hey, if it shoots “assault bullets,” it’s an assault rifle. Obviously.

  11. JimB Says:

    Blah Blah Blah…. If it’s a semi-auto anything it’s an Assault Weapon. If it’s a bolt action with a scope it’s a Sniper Rifle. Is that all clear now??

  12. mikee Says:

    JimB, you need to expand your groupthink. You got two obvious gun IDs correct, but left out everything from a suppressor equalling an assassin’s tool, to a subcompact handgun being preferred by criminals because its easy to conceal. Every gun has a demonizable feature or two, even beyond their intended purpose of being nothing but instruments of violent death, murder, destruction (usually with no human volition involved) and in the case of .50BMG rifles, for some strange reason wanting to shoot down any airplanes, or especially helicopters, that get within a mile or two of the shooting range.

    When you realize the completeness of the lying idiocy, a little thing like calling an SKS an assault rifle, or even calling it an AK, is no big leap for the imagination.

  13. Paul Koning Says:

    Mikee, you got that right. The inimitable Scott Bieser made the point nicely:

  14. Sigivald Says:

    … I want a 100 round clipozine now.

  15. WallPhone Says:

    “50 shots fired”

    There is video of a guy in a neibhboring field ducking behind a trashcan with his dog, Didn’t count rounds and don’t care to watch again, but supposedly there were two Capital police returning fire and two additional officers arrived within the time that it took to watch the video. 10 rounds per gun, assuming the Bernie supporter only brought one.

  16. MajMike Says:

    I always considered the SKS as an analog to the M-1 Garand.

  17. qmony Says:

    An SKS should be labeled as an antique if anything. And any gun that requires a stripper clip to load, certainly is not an “assault rifle”.

  18. Ron W Says:

    MajMike, I suppose in its operation, stripper clip fed internal mag, it is an analog to the M-1. But round wise, it’s medium power 7.62×39 is certainly not the equal of the 30.06. Of course, some were modified to accept AK mags which I suppose would have them labeled as “assault weapons.” Reports from the shooting were that the perp stopped to reload several times which indicates he had a “relic” SKS that had to be reloaded with the 10 rd stripper clips which would indicate as qmony wrote, it’s “certainly not an assault rifle”. But when you have a murderer assisted by “gun free zone”, unarmed victims inside of a fenced ball park, he thought, most any old gun will do.

  19. Will Says:

    Ron W:

    There was a Chinese version of the SKS with the AK mag setup briefly available in the late 80’s, and CA put it on their Assault Weapon Ban list after the fact, so it couldn’t be registered. IIRC, this is the gun that CA actually put out a seizure demand letter to all those who attempted to register it.

  20. Ron W Says:

    @Will, yes, I have seen SKS rifles modified to accept AK mags. I did see the report on ABC’s website that the political assassin perp used an SKS, but most of the major media never corrected initial reports that he used an AR-15 or M4 type rifle. I did hear one witness reported that he saw an AK type “banana” mag. If the weapon was indeed a typical I modified SKS, it will probably not be reported or shown by media since it doesn’t fit the usual reactionary gun control narrative. A 70 year old “relic” firearm doesn’t inspire the desired emotional response.