Two things I’ve read repeatedly in the mainstream media about the Aurora Colorado shooting were that the shooter was wearing “body armor” and that the firearms and magazines he used would have been outlawed under the 1994 Crime Bill.
Neither statement is true.
The “body armor” the suspect war wasn’t body armor at all, and wouldn’t have stopped the wind, much less a bullet. He was wearing a “tactical vest”, which is nothing more or less than a vest with a bunch of external pockets sown into it. I could forgive the media if they were simply relying upon the police for that claim, but it has now been widely reported that the suspect had only purchased a Blackhawk brand tactical vest. They continue to call it body armor only to sell fear, and support the illusion he couldn’t have been stopped by mere civilians.
Likewise, the media likes to claim that the AR-15 style rifle the shooter used, and the 100-round magazine used at some point in his rampage, were both banned under the “assault weapons ban” of the 1994 Crime bill. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The poorly-conceived 1994 law outlawed 19 guns by name, along with a combination of 2 or more cosmetic features that congressional dunces found scary. None of these cosmetic features affected the firearm’s range, rate of fire or accuracy. The result? The same firearms were manufactured after the ban began with the very minor cosmetic changes made. If the law was still in effect today, the shooter could have still walked into any gun store, passed his background check, and walked out with a rifle just like that he used.
Likewise, the 100-round magazine he used for part of the attack (interestingly enough, the recovered weapon appears to have had a standard-capacity 30-round magazine in place when he dropped it outside the theater) wouldn’t have been illegal to buy, sell, possess or use. Only the new manufacture of magazine bodies was illegal under the ban, and so manufacturers cranked out tens of millions of magazine bodies before the “ban” went into effect, and sold them during the entire ban without a significant dent in supply.
The media doesn’t know what they are talking about. Again.