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AP shows their LACK of knowledge (AGAIN!)

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by pyrdek, Mar 1, 2012.

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  1. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    Either the Associated Press reporters have created an entirely new gun for Ruger to manufacture or, and much more likely, those reporters have shown yet again that they do not have a clue about firearms. I have never heard of a REVOLVER version of a Mark III Target Pistol. Have you?

    From the article:
    "The gun, a .22 caliber revolver, was noticed as missing after Monday's shootings and fits the description of the pistol that reportedly was used to kill three students..."

    Then two paragraphs later the AP article says

    "A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the gun used in the shooting, a Ruger .22-caliber Mark III target pistol, was bought legally in August 2010 from a gun shop in Mentor, Ohio."
     
  2. dmccorki

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    Having been associated with the media in a past life, I inquired about the confusing references to a revolver and a Mark III. As you will see from the response noted below, the problem arose because the law enforcement folks provided the AP with two different discriptions. The AP knows the difference but could not get clarification.

    This from the AP:

    "Both the prosecutor, earlier in the week, and the law enforcement source that our Washington, D.C., staff spoke to called the gun a “pistol.”

    The neighbor, Henderson, did say “revolver” in describing the gun he says was missing from the grandfather’s home, based on what the grandfather told him. Both Henderson and our federal source referred to them as target guns. No sources have been able to definitively tell us that everyone is talking about the same gun.

    Here are the key descriptions from our story:


    ¶ The gun, a .22 caliber revolver, was noticed as missing after Monday's shootings and fits the description of the pistol that reportedly was used to kill three students and wound two others at Chardon High School, said Henderson, a retired police officer and former Geauga County sheriff. He said he has spoken to the grandfather, Thomas Lane, about the gun.

    ¶ The suspect's grandfather believes the gun is the same, "because the gun was there the day before, in the barn," said Henderson, 74, who says he's been friends with the boy's family for nearly 50 years.

    ¶ A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the gun used in the shooting, a Ruger .22-caliber Mark III target pistol, was bought legally in August 2010 from a gun shop in Mentor, Ohio.

    ¶ The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said Lane told authorities he stole gun from his uncle. It wasn't clear Wednesday whether the gun might have been the same one missing from the grandfather's barn. Henderson said he isn't aware of an uncle's involvement with the gun."



    If you wish to pursue further, feel free to contact this editor:

    Eva Parziale
    Chief of Bureau | Michigan and Ohio | The Associated Press | 1103 Schrock Road, Ste. 300 | Columbus, OH 43229 | T: 614.885.2727 | M: 614.595.7750 | eparziale@ap.org
     
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