Is Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong a complete idiot or just thoroughly ignorant of the laws she supposedly enforces?
I honestly don’t know what else you can say about a so-called "police officer" who has absolutely no idea of what she speaks.
I also can’t fathom how moronic [alleged] reporter Darrell Bellaart must be that he refused to do the most basic fact-checking prior to making both himself and his newspaper the laughing stock of the nation.
The story coming out of Nanaimo ("Nanaimo RCMP discover Soviet assault weapons") is that the RCMP discovered "Soviet assault rifles" and Thank God they did!!!! God only knows what could happen if these heinous "assault weapons" fell into the wrong hands!!!
Except for one small pesky fact.
The SKS is NOT an "assault rifle".
It is a semi-automatic firearm. That means it fires a single bullet with each trigger pull. It is a non-restricted rifle you can legally purchase at any gun store in the country.
"The weapons are capable of rapidly firing up to 10 bullets without reloading."
No, they are not.
The SKS, like all semi-automatic rifles in Canada, are by law limited to 5 rounds in the magazine. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of firearms law would know that. An RCMP Sergeant most definitely would. Or should.
Unless she is more interested in a scary headline than the truth.
So either reporter Darrell Bellaart is an idiot for not doing his own research, or he’s a moron for believing the wheelbarrow of dung Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong tossed in his face.
Or maybe he was just so desperate for a headline he didn’t care about journalistic integrity, in which case I can't understand why the newspaper employs him.
Regardless of which (or all) of the above is true, Darrell Bellaart is probably the most lazy and pathetic example of a "reporter" I’ve encountered in a very long time.
As for Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong, you’d think we were in Beirut, not Canada, when she spouts off drivel like this.
"Any time you have something capable of firing more than one bullet (in rapid succession), it's concerning," Armstrong said. "You think about the massacres we've had with AK-47s."
Well, if I could find even a single "massacre" in Canada committed with an AK-47 then maybe I would think about them, but since there hasn’t been one I can’t.
If the Nanaimo Daily News wants to report the news then by all means do so. Tell your readers a couple of alleged criminals were found with some stolen merchandise, drugs and guns.
Don’t treat your readers like 3-year-olds and cry "The Sky Is Falling!" just because a couple of criminals were caught in possession of non-restricted firearms.
You just make yourself look stupid and you should leave that department to Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong.
Yours in Liberty,
Christopher di Armani