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How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America
The Nation ^ | December 17, 2012 | George Zornick

Posted on 12/17/2012 7:12:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded fifty-eight people and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. And several years before that, a man and his teenage accomplice used a Bushmaster AR-15 to terrorize the Washington, DC, area with a series of random shootings.

Although it is not yet clear where the Bushmaster AR-15 used by Lanza (and registered to his mother) was purchased, the model is familiar to many Walmart shoppers. It’s on sale at about 1,700 Walmart stores nationwide, though the retail chain pulled the weapon from its website early this afternoon. While last week’s deadly rampage in Connecticut has finally and unmistakably highlighted the madness of making these weapons so readily available, it’s a concern many people with a Walmart in their community have been trying to address for much longer.

Earlier this year, the Rev. Greg Brown had a troubling conversation with two members of his youth group from the northwest side of South Bend, Indiana...

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KEYWORDS: banglist; georgezornick; guncontrol; sandyhook; walmart
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1 posted on 12/17/2012 7:12:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Correct me if I’m wrong, but was not the rifle left in the car? I thought he used only the pistols in his assault on the school children.


2 posted on 12/17/2012 7:15:05 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As I dig into it I’m finding more and more inconsistencies in this entire Newton event. I’m just sayin...


3 posted on 12/17/2012 7:15:52 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zornick sounds like he may be a moron. I sure hope he stays the hell out of Walmart and should not be allowed near any gun store either.


4 posted on 12/17/2012 7:16:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's not about the guns. It's about the control.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These lying leftist bastards are itching for a war. They will start it but it will not end well foe them.

Molen Labe MFers!


5 posted on 12/17/2012 7:17:30 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: rockinqsranch

It was in the trunk. But casings were found in the school. He must of put it back after he killed himself.


6 posted on 12/17/2012 7:17:52 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: rockinqsranch

They won’t let any facts get in the way of their agenda.


7 posted on 12/17/2012 7:17:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

so now the crazies are gonna blame Walmart instead of the criminal (or Bush!~????)


8 posted on 12/17/2012 7:18:46 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Horse-hockey!

I can’t even buy BBs at Walmart here in New Hampshire.


9 posted on 12/17/2012 7:19:03 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: faithhopecharity

why wasn’t this BUSH’s fault!??????


10 posted on 12/17/2012 7:19:27 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lefty article — manages to slam guns and Walmart in the same article.

Now, if he could just find a way to slam those evil SUV’s in the topic, he could claim a lib-trifecta.


11 posted on 12/17/2012 7:20:17 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: ILS21R

I thought the AR was found in the school and the shotgun was found in the car?


12 posted on 12/17/2012 7:21:05 PM PST by halo66
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To: rockinqsranch
I heard the fuzz on FNC this morning say that there were two "assault" rifles. One in the trunk and one that he took inside. To tell you the truth, I don't think they know. .223 brass resembles 9mm brass. They are both brass colored and really shiny.

sarc/

It sounds like to me that the fuzz don't want to say anything so the Kenyan and his 'RATS can exploit and milk this thing for all it's worth.

13 posted on 12/17/2012 7:21:09 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's not about the guns. It's about the control.)
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To: rockinqsranch

I read the same info - then yesterday I was corrected; the Medical Examiner when he released his report on the shooting made a determination that several children were shot with the rifle ... do you think maybe the rifle got out of the car all by itself and started shooting at people?


14 posted on 12/17/2012 7:21:44 PM PST by Ken522
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To: faithhopecharity

The news week is young.


15 posted on 12/17/2012 7:21:44 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course, as any Freeper knows, The Nation isn’t fit for lining bird cages; but, wouldn’t the AR-15 already be the most popular weapon, since it’s the civilian equivalent of the M-16, the rifle of the United States armed forces?


16 posted on 12/17/2012 7:22:03 PM PST by RPTMS
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To: doc1019

good point. they’ll probably start blaming BUSH in a few days....


17 posted on 12/17/2012 7:23:14 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: RPTMS

Winchester Model 94 30-30

That’s my desire

John Wayne


18 posted on 12/17/2012 7:25:45 PM PST by onona (Twenty Nine Palms)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well the local Walmarts where I live lock up all of their rifle and pistol ammo. They do have shotgun ammo on the shelves that are not unlocked.


19 posted on 12/17/2012 7:25:58 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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20 posted on 12/17/2012 7:26:23 PM PST by kcvl
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To: AlmaKing

They have some really sweet deals on AR-15 type rifles at our two Wal-Marts.


21 posted on 12/17/2012 7:26:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The source” almost guarantees this becomes “conventional wisdom” in the MSM


22 posted on 12/17/2012 7:27:55 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: RPTMS

Actually, isn’t the Marlin Model 60 the most popular?


23 posted on 12/17/2012 7:28:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Evil Black Rifle bump


24 posted on 12/17/2012 7:29:55 PM PST by BuddaBudd (F U B O)
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To: AlmaKing

Wally Whirled near here sells guns. Lots of Bitter Clingers around these’n here parts.

Shotguns, .22s, and a few low end bolt-actions up to 30-06.

Have never seen a Sporting Rifle in their line-up.

OTOH....Dunhams Sporting Goods sells several of them.

but that doesn’t do Walmart Bashers any good


25 posted on 12/17/2012 7:30:20 PM PST by digger48
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Salon and the Nation are in a competition for the most idiotic liberal source in the US. Pravda is far right by comparison........


26 posted on 12/17/2012 7:31:29 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

27 posted on 12/17/2012 7:33:25 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Next, some libnut will blame Twinkies and will be thankful Hostess is out of business.


28 posted on 12/17/2012 7:33:37 PM PST by WildWeasel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t usually buy my firearms or ammo at WalMart, but I think I’ll make a special trip, pick up some .308, and make sure they know they have my support. Then I’ll email the receipt to this loser at The Nation.


29 posted on 12/17/2012 7:34:16 PM PST by 101stAirborneVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Marlin 336, IIRC..

Just bought a Western Field 30-30.

Marlin 336 with Montgomery Ward stamp. Almost pristine @ almost 50 years old.

New ones are being stamped out so fast the quality control is crap on them


30 posted on 12/17/2012 7:34:30 PM PST by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the Ruger 10/22 is.


31 posted on 12/17/2012 7:34:35 PM PST by atomic_dog
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To: faithhopecharity

so now the crazies are gonna blame Walmart instead of the criminal (or Bush!~????).......................................... You mean the Lawyers right? Deep pockets are there MFG of weapon, mfg of the Ammo, the store where it was purchased, who knows who or what else will appear on the summons.


32 posted on 12/17/2012 7:34:54 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: doorgunner69

No kidding....this guy is beyond stupid!

https://mobile.twitter.com/gzornick/tweets

Zornick’s post-UB jobs have included working as a staff researcher for “Sicko,” a Michael Moore documentary investigating American health care. He has also served as a senior reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress.org, a popular, progressive blog, where his postings routinely generated more than 100 comments.

http://www.buffalo.edu/about_ub/faces_and_voices.host.html/content/shared/www/eub/module_content/faces_and_voices/george_zornick.detail.html


33 posted on 12/17/2012 7:35:56 PM PST by kcvl
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To: digger48; 2ndDivisionVet

Walmart was blackmailed into pulling shotguns and rifles here in NH after there was a shooting where the weapon was traced back to being sold at Walmart. It’s the Northeast, ya know.

I think there is one Walmart in Concord that just recently started selling shotguns again. The libs’ idea is that, if they can limit the sales to one Walmart in the state, they can prevent ‘gun violence’.


34 posted on 12/17/2012 7:36:46 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would he feel better if the guy used Molotov Cocktails or would he just blame Big Oil?


35 posted on 12/17/2012 7:37:47 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They Live, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: faithhopecharity; All
so now the crazies are gonna blame Walmart instead of the criminal (or Bush!~????)

Liberals will reach for ANY target to blame so that they don't need to confront the source of evil...Jesus said it's out of our hearts that evil thoughts proceed...

Liberal theologians have long attempted to overthrow original sin...inherited sin passed down generation by generation...(Some cults like Mormons have joined in to militate vs. the doctrine of original sin)

Liberals will blame cultures and sub-cultures for certain sins...but to them, it's all the environment that is where evil is sourced.

They don't want to face the evil within, so they point fingers at their latest frenzy...whatever keeps the finger-pointing beyond looking inward...

36 posted on 12/17/2012 7:38:44 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: faithhopecharity
why wasn’t this BUSH’s fault!??????

Oh - but it was. You see - the Bushmaster was named after George W. Bush's third cousin who founded Bushmaster back in the 1970's. Bushmaster then sold themselves to Cerebus Capital, where everyone knows that Dan Quayle is the chairman of the company's Global Investments division.

So - you see, it is Bush's fault, the whole family as well as Dan Quayle's!

37 posted on 12/17/2012 7:41:15 PM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just as a point of reference, the Danbury Connecticut Walmart (closest to Newtown) doesn’t carry much of anything in the way of guns (must be very different from Walmarts in the heartland and south). Certainly no “assault rifles” to be found in the local store, nor even semi-automatic pistols. Maybe a .22 at most.

I’ll guess that most Walmarts in this area are like that.

I was in the same Dick’s Sporting Goods store that Adam Lanza visited in his failed attempt to buy a rifle, not many days before he was there. Not much in the way of firearms in that one, either.

Around here, if you want much in the way of firearms, you’re going to have to visit a dedicated gun shop or go to Cabella’s in East Hartford.


38 posted on 12/17/2012 7:46:49 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: BuddaBudd

“says Bertha Lewis”

In this article! Isn’t she the former head of ACORN?


39 posted on 12/17/2012 7:47:53 PM PST by Stymee (Father of 8)
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To: halo66

“I thought the AR was found in the school and the shotgun was found in the car?”

Yes. The “initial reports” were wrong, as usual.


40 posted on 12/17/2012 7:49:46 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Walmart has already pulled the AR's from their online website.
41 posted on 12/17/2012 7:54:13 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: doorgunner69

Think Progress writer and Soros surrogate George Zornick


42 posted on 12/17/2012 7:55:03 PM PST by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only ammo my Wal Mart leaves unlocked is pellets, b-b’s, airsoft, and paintballs. I flat don’t believe this story.


43 posted on 12/17/2012 7:55:47 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: rockinqsranch

“...Correct me if I’m wrong, but was not the rifle left in the car? I thought he used only the pistols in his assault on the school children....”

You are correct. That’s what was reported. Also reported were two guys seen running into the woods near the school. Both incidents have helicopter live video footage somewhere. It was reported the two were apprehended by police but we never heard another word about them. I suspect they were the one’s using the .223 rifle(s). Almost makes ya wonder if this wasn’t some other kind of Fast & Furious deal. Instead of 200 dead Mexicans etc., it was our 20+ babies. The timing is just too perfect. IF this is true, they are one bunch of evil bunch of bassturds....just sayin’.


44 posted on 12/17/2012 7:57:08 PM PST by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: RPTMS

AR-15 is more akin to our M-4. Modified stock, shorter barrel, shortened recoil and adjustable features. There are other differences as well. I don’t know if it is the most popular weapon, I’m not a huge fan of the platform.


45 posted on 12/17/2012 7:58:12 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Stymee

Bertha Lewis (born 1951) was the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Organizer of ACORN, which used to be a non-profit social justice organization with national headquarters in New York, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. United States until it disbanded in 2010.

Now the former head of ACORN, Bertha Lewis, has a new organization. It’s called the Black Institute

Bertha Lewis is the President & Founder of The Black Institute which she founded in 2010 to assist with holistically addressing systematic issues faced by Black people and of Color communities in the United States and throughout the Diaspora. Prior to her work with The Black Institute, Ms.Lewis was a life-long community activist and organizer.


46 posted on 12/17/2012 7:59:01 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Kickass Conservative
Would he feel better if the guy used Molotov Cocktails or would he just blame Big Oil?

a larger school killing in Michigan in the 1920's used explosives of some sort...maybe dynamite....all the kids are still dead, doesn't matter the weapon....all were killed by a murderer

47 posted on 12/17/2012 8:01:10 PM PST by terycarl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ban Schools and there will be no school shootings, failing students, school yard bullies or drop outs!


48 posted on 12/17/2012 8:03:57 PM PST by KingNo155
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To: AlmaKing

Some Walmarts do carry AR15s. One by me had several from different manufacturers - and they all sold out Black Friday.


49 posted on 12/17/2012 8:04:08 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: lacrew

I bought a BB gun for my nephew from the Daisy Gun Museum in North Arkansas and I had to submit a form with my driver’s license for background...A BB GUN!!!

http://www.daisymuseum.com/

I thought about buying one to keep the squirrels out of my plants but I can just see the police hauling me off for shooting a “gun” in MY YARD!


50 posted on 12/17/2012 8:05:25 PM PST by kcvl
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