After the tragic Milwaukee and Aurora shootings taking place only weeks apart, many are up in arms about gun control in the U.S. (and violence in media, but that’s for another day). One might expect that all this heat would cause those who handle the shipment and delivery of such artillery to be extra cautious in their professions. One would be wrong.
On Tuesday, August 7th, Washington D.C. resident Seth Horvitz received a Sig Sauer .308 rifle instead of the 39″ television he’d ordered, via the United Parcel Service.
While not a bad trade-off, that type of rifle, used by big-game hunters and police snipers, is strictly forbidden in the District of Columbia.
Not wanting to be mistaken for a terrorist and shipped off to Guantanamo, Horvitz immediately contacted authorities to get the whole thing sorted out.
Turns out the gun was meant to be delivered the Pennsylvania gun store that ordered it, yet the package was sealed and sent to an unsuspecting man in a different state.
How UPS screwed up so badly in wake of multiple recent national tragedies, and whether the gun store is enjoying a new LCD screen are still under investigation.
The most disturbing thing about this is obviously the fact that the weapon could have been delivered to anyone, anywhere in the country – even scum like James Holmes and Wade Michael Page. Thankfully, Horvitz has a solid head on his shoulders and didn’t decide turn into some kind of sniper within D.C.
I’m all for the right to bear arms, and even the right to possess guns – it’s what makes America, America. Not in a “Yip haw! ‘merica!” kind of way, but a way that says “Every man has a right to defend himself and his home. With guns”. I don’t believe taking firearms out of the hands of the people is the way to go about it, but this case is proof that some serious regulation reform is in order.
What do you think, dear reader?
Hopefully this isn’t an “oh, that again?” type problem for UPS.