Thursday, February 27, 2014

Buying a gun on Facebook takes 15 minutes

2/27/2014 11:30:00 PM

This is a good article from VentureBeat that discuss about how easy Facebook and the web be used for shady purposes. I don't think anything can avoid the dark sides of being human but it's a good article to read. Here are a few excerpts:
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.
As it turns out, the 15 year old’s purchase wasn’t an anomaly. Facebook pages have been a thriving market for facilitating gun purchases.
On Tuesday, a VentureBeat reporter and his colleague spent less than 15 minutes arranging to buy a semiautomatic 7mm rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition from a guy named “Dave,” a member of Facebook “Firearms Only Alamogordo” fan page (left). 
Read Original Article Here.