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Bill O'Reilly - the mask slips.

 And he reveals himself for the overwrought ignorant-as-hell talking head coastal elite buffoon that I've long thought him to be (with no apologies to anyone who likes the bullying asshat).  I'm generally polite, but good golly this was priceless self-important ignorant bombast.

Where to begin?  You cannot legally buy a functioning  machine gun or "Destructive Device" (mortars, bazookas, artillery, tank-with-functioning-gun, short-barreled rifle, sawn-off shotgun, silencer, etc) without submitting to a rather extensive paperwork drill (including fingerprinting) and a $200 tax payment to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), which last time I checked... was a Federal agency.  And that's been true since the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934, as further restricted and amended by the Gun Control Act of 1968 and again in 1984, when manufacturing any new machineguns for non-governmental purposes was outlawed altogether. Weapons registered under the NFA prior to that may be freely transferred among individuals, subject to state and local laws.  Even the ammunition for DDs that are above 20mm in size or are explosive are covered... each.individual.round.  Just one of many reasons there aren't too many competitive modern cannon competitions.

Don't believe me (I know, most of you do)?  Go check the ATF's website:
Q: The types of firearms that must be registered in the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record are defined in the NFA and 27 CFR, Part 479. What are some examples?

Some examples of the types of firearms that must be registered are:
•Machine guns;
•The frames or receivers of machine guns;
•Any combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting weapons into machine guns;
•Any part designed and intended solely and exclusively for converting a weapon into a machine gun;
•Any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if the parts are in the possession or under the control of a person;
•Silencers and any part designed and intended for fabricating a silencer;
•Short-barreled rifles;
•Short-barreled shotguns;
•Destructive devices; and,
•“Any other weapon.”

A few examples of destructive devices are:
•Molotov cocktails;
•Anti-tank guns (over caliber .50);
•Bazookas; and,

A few examples of “any other weapon” are:
•H&R Handyguns;
•Ithaca Auto-Burglar guns;
•Cane guns; and,
•Gadget-type firearms and “pen” guns which fire a projectile by the action of an explosive.

[26 U.S.C. 5845]

Q: How can an individual legally acquire NFA firearms?

Basically, there are 2 ways that an individual (who is not prohibited by Federal, State, or local law from receiving or possessing firearms) may legally acquire NFA firearms:
1.By transfer after approval by ATF of a registered weapon from its lawful owner residing in the same State as the transferee.
2.By obtaining prior approval from ATF to make NFA firearms.

[27 CFR 479.62-66 and 479.84-86]

Q: What is the tax on making an NFA firearm?

The tax is $200 for making any NFA firearm, including “any other weapon.”

Q: How is this tax paid?

A money order or check made payable to the Bureau of ATF together with the application forms are to be mailed to the Bureau of ATF, NFA Branch.

Note that if I fill a bottle with gasoline, and stick a rag in it... i.e., make a "Molotov Cocktail" I'm supposed to have paid a Special Occupation Tax and do paperwork...   Remember that Anarchists!

Transfers of otherwise uncontrolled firearms (i.e., the modern stuff most people have) are subject to the NICS check and ATF Form 4473 unless they are a transfer between private individuals (and that can still be subject to state and local regulation).  I am a licensed collector.  The license doesn't "license" me to collect, it means I've gone through a background check (including the local LEO) and have been qualified to receive firearms directly in the mails without having to go through a dealer, or go through a NICS check, and I have to keep records of acquisitions and disposals.   And if I lived in California (as if) state law says I still have to run handgun purchases through a state-sanctioned dealer.  I cannot receive handguns directly.  That's another example of where Feds allow the states to further regulate as they choose.

But this segment is classic Bill "Ima Bully" O'Reilly.  With the added cachet of "I'm One Ignorant Emo Bullying Buffoon" to give his fellow-travelers that tingle up the spine.

And Mr. Chaffetz was road-kill on the O'Reilly Highway of Bombast.

Goodness.  Thank you, Mr. O'Reilly, for providing confirmation of why I don't watch you except when someone sends me a link that says, "WTF?"

Of course, I can't stand most of what passes for news these days, sadly.  Because so much of it - especially coming from that magical box on the wall, is opinion dressed as news.  And done hastily, with a really shallow knowledge (cloaked in overweening and generally unearned self-regard).


His style is very successful for FOX and selling emotion makes a lot more money than selling the news.

Unfortunately all the other channels are copying this now and it has gotten even more difficult to sift the news out of the opinion for US sources.
 And, it's our fault.  It's what we want to see.

Except those of us who tune out now.

There is a reason why his eyes are brown and if they aren't they should be.  What an idiot.  I have issues with him over a host of things and this is just adds one more.  He is pompous ass and that may be doing asses and injustice.
I can't stand him, either.  He bloviates, is rarely "pithy", spins so much that I get dizzy, and never lets his guests finish their statements - even when they're not trying filibuster.
A blast from the past: O'Rielly freaks out.
'nuff said.

Yup, I can do without about 50% of what O'Reilly rants about.  The rest is sometimes entertaining, but when you look at the subjext we might know something about and see how far off base he is on those topics, it makes you wonder if he is accuarte on the rest.

Of course, compared to most of the OTHER network types, O'Reilly actually does seem almost "fair and balanced."  But, I much rather watch Megyn Kelly who is much better for so many reasons.
I thought it was just me. I couldn't throw a shoe at the TV 'cause I'm currently cooling my jets in the Memphis crash pad (the house owner wouldn't appreciate me destroying his boob tube).

The last time I was this exercised was when The Bill went on an anti-oil company rant vis-a-vis "oil speculators" where anyone with a brain and the temerity to disagree with him, even slightly, couldn't even get a word in edgewise. 

I do wish they'd sneak in a couple of really good counterpoint types on that show like AEI's Arthur Brooks or Dave Kopel.

Alas, anything these guys say would go WAY over his head.
Since Bill the Magnificent gets so angry about reporters who "get it wrong" like the guy who wrongly linked James Holmes with the TEA Party, I am sure he will do the professional thing and retract all his errors from last night that had me hollering at the TV.

No wait, he never retracted the "law enforcement did NOT confiscate guns in the Katrina incident.

What a piece of (fill in the blank).
"Except those of us who tune out now."
I first noticed it in sports coverage, particularly the Olympics, as a kid.  The overpersonalization.  They went from, 'Ainge passes to Bird, but Worthy steals the ball,' to 'Danny passes to Larry, and James...'.  I know there's the philosophical question of whether one can ever truly be a neutral and objective observer, but that doesn't absolve you of NOT TRYING TO, mediarati.
The problem with O'Reily, is the same with nearly everyone filling any slot on any channel of "news".

He's an ignorant ****. That seems to be a requirement for journalists that covers all jounralists in every country that has journalists.
I concur with The Donovan, and all commenters above. 
Bill O'reilly makes Ted Baxter seem llike Socrates.
 The title "Bill The Magnificent" belongs to its rightful owner, Billl Tuttle. Please do not apply it, even in jest, to that over wrought moron on Fox News. Bill the POS is a more appropriate, and accurate, I might add, label for that idiot.

Otherwise, I agree with the Armorer and everyone else here on said POS.
Once a pedant, always a pedant.
Why is he rambling on about an AK? Shooter used an AR, which JAMMED and shot mostly with a SHOTGUN. What a tool!