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Mother Jones frets about 'Reddit loophole' for gun sales

Mother Jones and friends would deny gun owners both modern firearms AND modern communications
Mother Jones and friends would deny gun owners both modern firearms AND modern communications
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The far-left Mother Jones magazine reported Wednesday on their "investigation" into gun sales arranged on the huge social news and entertainment website, Reddit. Shockingly (not), they appear not to approve:

Since 2011, part of the popular online forum Reddit has grown into an active marketplace for assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and other powerful firearms, according to an investigation by Mother Jones. In the last six months alone there have been more than 1,000 listings posted by more than 400 Redditors on the GunsForSale subreddit, one of thousands of niche communities on the sprawling discussion site.

It's even worse than that, though, apparently. It seems that Reddit has at least tacitly endorsed guns, including scary "assault weapons":

Not only has Reddit allowed a gun market to thrive, it has also literally put its stamp on it: Gun purchases brokered through the site have included nearly 100 AR-15s engraved with Reddit's alien logo, which was used on the assault rifles with explicit permission from the company—while it was owned by media giant Condé Nast—according to email correspondence obtained by Mother Jones.

The anti-gun left seems to think they own social media (a notion not entirely without merit), so it galls them to see that resource effectively used by gun owners and rights advocates, and it is particularly irks them to see social media facilitating gun sales.

What we are supposed to fear, of course, is the possibility of guns being sold without background checks:

Reddit does not know, however, if the gun sales done through its site are done legally: The company does not track commercial transactions between its users, according to [Reddit communications director Victoria] Taylor.

Enforcing gun laws, of course, is not Reddit's job, so it's a bit difficult to see why anyone would expect them to track such transactions.

The bottom line is that gun laws are exactly the same on Reddit--and the internet in general--as in "the real world." As this column has noted time and again:

In the end, there is no "internet gun sale loophole." Gun sales arranged online are subject to every state, federal and local law imposed on every other gun sale in the same jurisdiction. The internet's only role is in facilitating potential buyers finding potential sellers.

But even that--efficient communication between buyers and sellers of firearms--is unacceptable to the gun prohibitionist lobby. Violating the Second Amendment is not enough for them--they want to control how one talks about gun sales, as well.

Update: This is just too funny.

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