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  •  Well, to be completely honest (6+ / 0-)

    you did NOT buy a gun online last night as your title says.  Heck, you even back-pedaled in the first sentence in your diary where you said "well, almost."  That kind of misleading/deceptive headline is an example of yellow journalism.

    If you had really tried to finalize the purchase you would have been forced to specify your local FFL as a shipping point.

    Though I've not used the site you mention, I have bought handguns on line from another site and my local FFL was forced to fax their license to the seller before the seller could release the weapon to be shipped.

    And as a kicker, the local FFL charges you a nuisance/convenience fee which can be upwards of $40-$50 for their time and trouble to receive the weapon, contact you to come get it, and the background check.

    •  It's not back-pedaling. (2+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal, trumpeter

      Provocative headlines draw eyes. They're pretty common here and everywhere. In a very upfront matter, the diarist sets the scene from the first sentence.

      An unsuccessful shoe bomb attack resulted in nine years of inconvenience for every flier in the country. It would be nice to think [this diabolical act] might lead to some similar inconveniences. --mrblifil

      by Debby on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:28:47 AM PST

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      •  you're right; it's not back-pedaling (3+ / 0-)
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        fuzzyguy, Robert in WV, deedogg

        it's outright BS.  one can be "provocative" without complete falsehoods.

        at no point did the author buy an AK47 online.  therefore, the diary title is not factual.

        does the license to be provocative and sensational trump the obligation to be factually accurate?  hell no.  and i further submit that if one cannot make one's point without hyperbole and sensationalism, one hasn't much of a point.

        Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

        by Cedwyn on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 08:12:46 AM PST

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