Wanna Buy a Gun? It’s Easy I Tells Ya! Shop on Facebook!

By | February 27, 2014
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From VentureBeat comes this article, which makes me wonder what on Earth is going on! The world’s sure gone crazy! “There’s something happening here / What it is ain’t exactly clear…” (Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”)

Buying a gun on Facebook takes 15 minutes

Fifteen minutes.

That’s all it takes for children, felons, and people without IDs to buy illegal weapons on Facebook pages dedicated to the sale and celebration of guns.

A VentureBeat investigation has uncovered dozens of pages on Facebook where guns are for sale, including semi-automatic weapons, handguns, and silencers. While the transactions don’t actually happen on Facebook, the social network is a remarkably easy way to find shady people willing to sell you a weapon — no questions asked. The illegal transactions then take place in diners, dark parking lots, and isolated country roads — away from the prying eyes of the feds and local police.

In Kentucky, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper remembers when a call came into dispatch last October saying a 15-year-old student had been arrested on the Greenup County High School campus for carrying an unlicensed and loaded 9mm handgun to school. The boy was arrested and brought to Cooper’s office for an interview.

When Cooper, a former Kentucky State Trooper with a heavy Southern drawl, asked the kid where he got the gun, his reply was shocking: Facebook.

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2 thoughts on “Wanna Buy a Gun? It’s Easy I Tells Ya! Shop on Facebook!

  1. Jeannie

    If you really listen to words of Buffalo Springfield you’ll see very little has changed in 47 years. Different characters but the same old theme. Government sticking their noses in where they don’t belong. As for gun sales on Facebook; well doesn’t surprise me a bit. New technology, just a different medium to get their message out.

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  2. Eddie Stair

    Hey guys. Listen, I love you and your Cloudeight info more than you’ll ever know but I have a request. PLEASE don’t get involved in issues such as guns. I’m a veteran, former law enforcement and concealed carry permit holder and a long time subscriber of yours. Sure, there probably have been Facebook related gun buys and more than likely dope and stolen items too. Facebook has the responsibility to police that themselves. Of course, they’re probably too busy bowing down to our moronic president to care but you see what I mean. I could go to any number of social sites and if I know the key to ask someone, could probably get anything illegal that I wanted. But please stick to your wonderful computer help and the beautiful stories you write. Leave the gun issues to the politicians even thought they don’t have a clue. Thank you and I DO love and admire your wonderful service! Have a bountiful 2014!

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