Is it near-criminal ignorance, or a bald-faced attempt to mislead the gullible? Earlier today, azreel posted a photo on guns of a Barrett rifle presumably seized in Mexico. For the photo op, belted ammo was draped over the gun to imply it was belt fed. Allow me to provide the north of the border equivalent.
This photo was published yesterday in DHS Today, an official organ of the Department of Homeland Security. The article was yet another attempt to imply that legal guns from the US were destabilizing Mexico, and the photo showed a seizure by CBP. It isn't a very good photo, but looking left to right you can see some Kalashnikov-type magazines, a couple pistols, two SKS rifles in original wood furniture, our mystery guest, another SKS, something combloc I can't identify, a Kalashnikov, and the barrel of one more rifle. Note that this article provided no description of any of the weapons seized.
Look closely at the one they put in the middle. Doesn't it look scary, with its camo stock and large black barrel, and its...ramrod?!? That's right. It's a black power muzzle loader hunting rifle with a rate of fire perhaps as high as 4-5 rounds a minute before the barrel fouls with powder residue and slows things down.
Today, I made the mistake of following the article's link to the official DHS press release. If anything, this was worse. Check out this quote:
"Agents in Arizona found five SKS rifles, two AK-47 rifles, two semi-automatic .9 mm pistols and one CVA .50 rifle, along with several thousands of ammunition rounds hidden in an ice chest."
Now read it again. Skip over the little stuff like, ".9 mm pistol". I will bet $500 each that those are not actual AK-47s. For that matter, they probably aren't AKMs, Chinese Type 56s, or any other selective fire Kalashnikov variant. But the real show stopper is our black powder muzzle loader, described simply as a, "CVA .50 rifle". Without the photo or any knowledge of firearms, that sounds like one of those big scary guns terrorists use to shoot down airliners, rather than a hobby gun used for non-dangerous game animals during extended hunting seasons.
My outrage almost overwhelmed me when I read this. I'm sure most of the floor heard me cussing. This is simply unconscionable, whether it is ignorance or, much more likely, a politically expedient lie.