‘Click, checkout, done.’ Journalist claims he ‘bought’ same gun online as Uvalde shooter: ‘like buying groceries’

A “journalist” who evidently knows nothing about guns is being reamed for claiming that purchasing an “assault rifle” is as easy as “ordering groceries.”

“We bought a gun—the same Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 assault rifle used in Uvalde. It was like ordering groceries. Click, checkout, done,” Zach Seward of Quartz tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The tweet linked to an official Quartz piece describing how it’d taken him only “five clicks” to purchase the weapon.


As of Saturday morning, the tweet boasted a gigantic ratio from disgruntled gun owners who knew better.

Not noted in Seward’s tweet is that simply making an online order isn’t the same thing as actually purchasing a weapon.

Why not? Because to complete the purchase, the purchaser must travel to the gun store, show their ID, and then pass an on-the-spot background check. Then, and only then, would the purchase be complete.

But Seward never completed his purchase, meaning that the entire premise of his tweet and attached piece were bogus, especially his claim that purchasing a weapon is like “ordering groceries.”

If you order groceries online from Walmart.com or Instacart.com, there is no additional process you must pass. In fact, you can even have the groceries delivered to your doorstep, often that very same day.

But with purchasing a gun, that’s certainly not the case.

In fairness to Seward, he did briefly mention the background check requirement at the tail end of his Quartz piece, though he did also double down on his “silly” groceries comparison.

“That’s it. We’d ordered a gun. It won’t be delivered at our doorstep, like that Lego set or the pair of shoes, and to take it home we’ll have to fill out paperwork for a background check (in fact, you can’t order it to your home, only to a licensed dealer). Still, the fact that shopping for a firearm does not feel noticeably different than ordering those everyday items is a telling commentary on the prevalence of guns in US culture,” the piece reads.

When later faced with criticism on Twitter, Seward tripled down.


Notice how, as an example of groceries, he cited alcohol.

Critics say Seward is just another example of a gun-hating leftist “journalist” who’s in way over their head. It’s a frequent phenomenon that crops up following virtually every mass shooting involving an AR-16-like weapon.

The most commonly observed evidence that the journalist knows nothing about guns is their usage of the terms “assault weapon” and “assault rifle.”

Both terms are literally made-up and have no official definition …


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