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CBS News in LA Goes Viral as Story on 'Assault Revolver' Takes Over Social Media

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When a story goes viral after four years, it’s probably either exceptionally heartwarming or someone done screwed up. This is not a case of the former.

A story filed by a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles back when Barack Obama was still president has managed to garner some attention after a Twitter user noticed an old story that mentioned “(a)n assault revolver with high-capacity magazines” being found at the scene of a crime.

KCAL-TV’s Aug. 22, 2014, story dealt with a tragic case involving a shooting at a San Bernardino nightclub that had left one dead and a police officer wounded.

“A 31-year-old veteran officer and a new officer trainee were in an area known for criminal activity at around 2 a.m., to ‘check on some individuals,’ said Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino Police Department,” the story reads.

“The officers confronted a group of five people, who had just left a nightclub, in front of a home on a dead-end street and ‘almost immediately shots were fired,’ Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

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“A male suspect’s gunfire wounded the senior officer, a 6-year veteran of the San Bernardino Police Department, twice in the upper body.”

A horrible case, one must admit. However, sitting at the end of the story is one of the most California codas you could imagine:

Yes, “An assault revolver with high-capacity magazines and a revolver were recovered at the scene.”

We really have to put an end to assault revolvers, people. Pretty soon, they’re going to start making them with 10, 11, maybe even 12 rounds!

Needless to say, there were plenty of Twitter responses, some of which were cataloged by Twitchy.

https://twitter.com/mario61904/status/1018649149699493889

Of course, when you consider the kind of politician California usually has, the question may be why this doesn’t happen more often:

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This, by the way, is the man challenging 85-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her seat in the United States Senate representing California. He’s also won the endorsement of the state Democrat Party.

Do you think this was a stupid error?
I’m just saying.

Sadly, California isn’t that informed about firearms. You can tell that from either Mr. De Leon or the absurd concern about an “assault revolver.”

Oh, and by the way — as of this writing, they still haven’t corrected it.

That mean’s it’s been seen by anyone who’s looked at the story in the four intervening years. Excellent work, KCAL.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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