Here in San Diego, a few weeks ago, a 20 year old college student was stopped by police as he came out of a CVS Pharmacy. The Police were doing an underage drinking sting operation, and David Robert Moore III walked out of the store carrying alcohol. The police followed him and watched him open the trunk of his car. The report on KFMB News 8 said that he had several “Military Grade weapons, including a modified sniper rifle” inside his trunk. Additionally, in the video, you will hear one someone from the San Diego Police Department say that David Moore had several “Assault” style rifles.
In the video, several random college students were also interviewed, and they all gave similar opinions about how horrified they were that this kid had guns in his trunk.
The video reporter also said that a POSSIBLE explosive substance was found, it was tested, but no results have been released. The reporter took the video of the guns to a gun range and asked for details about the types of weapons. The person at the gun range said David Moore might get in trouble for the detachable magazine on one of the rifles (I assume he meant that it should have had a bullet button, but may not have) and that in California, you must be 21 to have a handgun.
Ok, what did this kid ACTUALLY do wrong:
1. He was found with a fake ID (normal college kid)
2. He bought alcohol with a fake ID (normal college kid)
3. He was in possession of a handgun under the age of 21 – if that is the state law, that one may be legitimate.
4. He possibly had an illegal detachable magazine.
Everything else in this news story and the video is a little scary. The police looked in his trunk, and found several weapons. Does one person need this many guns in his car? Maybe because he is a college kid, that was the safest place for them (as compared to a dorm room or house with several roommates.) Was it stupid for him to be traveling around in a state like California with so many guns in his car while also participating in risky behavior – like underage drinking? (And then possible DWI/DUI as well.) He is an young idiot, no doubt – hopefully he will grow and learn.
Look at the screenshot of the guns below – many of you know A LOT about guns, what types do you see?
The scariest thing in this video was how dramatic everyone was from the news reporters to SDPD Spokesperson, to the college students. The Police, I understand – they have to constantly worry about who is armed and why. The dramatic flair from the media only fans the flames for gun control advocates. I would love to hear David Moore’s side of the story. I am not saying I think he was doing the right thing, I am not saying he was using common sense, but in one instance a reporter said, if this had been found while Michelle Obama was in town, the Police reaction would have been more severe. They also mentioned the DC Sniper. It is as if this kid, misguided as he may be, was planning an assassination or planning on becoming a serial killer, just because he was storing his firearms in his trunk. I could be wrong, but the truth is likely a lot less sensational than NEWS 8 made it out to be. I have a rifle, a handgun, lots of ammo, and even a knife. If I took it all in one car – could this happen to me too?