Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Doubt It.

Machine gun found at scene of triple shooting in Pennsylvania
Three people were airlifted to Philadelphia hospitals Tuesday morning after an early morning shooting in Norristown, Pa., The Times Herald newspaper reported.
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The shooting occurred at around 5 a.m. and police found at least 16 bullet casings, a machine gun and a car riddled with bullet holes at the scene, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.
I strongly doubt it was a machine gun. I suspect it was a standard semi-automatic weapon that merely *looks* like something fully automatic, like an AR-15, SAR-1, or TEC-9 (and yes, I know there was never a full auto version of the TEC-9, but it seems to be one of the front runners in the "ZOMG MACHINE GUNZ" reporting...) In the vast majority of cases where a "machine gun" is reported, it turns out to be a semi-automatic firearm - in some cases, it was an SKS which doesn't even use detachable magazines!

Now, granted, I could be wrong - maybe the Army has started selling guns to gangbangers, or gunsmiths have decided to start committing serious Federal-level felonies to illegally convert semi-automatic weapons to fully automatic. Stranger things have been known to happen, although it's quite unlikely. The fact that most of the rounds landed at street level and not walking up buildings is testament to that - unless criminals are now practicing with their machine guns as well...

However, our good friend Occam and his razor postulate that the far more likely explanation is that the media has its head up its ass about firearms...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

4 comments:

Alan said...

16 shots is riddled?

Jay G said...

Only if fired by a non-LEO...

TheUnpaidBill said...

Jay wins the machinegun guessing game!

http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20120807/NEWS01/120809521/updated-3-shot-in-norristown-girl-found-beaten-bound-in-car-trunk-%28video%29&pager=full_story

According to that story it was a Tec 9.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Unpossible! Philadelphia doesn't ALLOW Machine Guns! After all, Gun Crime DISAPPEARS when Gun Control Laws are passed, right?