I thought the same thing pete... The "automatic weapons" comment. I said to myself. Hmmm.... As if!!!
But typical journalism.. as I've come to realize (after being mis-quoted myself) in publications. When it comes to guns, they are clueless.
I remember when Katie "the queen-bitch" Couric thought she had the SCOOP of the century declaring that (during the DC sniper fiasco) "as I understand it these rifles have grooves cut in the barrel that spin the bullet and make it extra deadly"
Um yeah bitch, thats why its called a RIFLE!!!
As far as the abc report. If they really have automatic weapons... um yeah... you can't just walk into a store in the US and buy those.. Sorry... The other possiblity is that they aren't automatic weapons the the news article author is WAY out over their ski's with a hysteria inducing story they just couldn't wait to run that is a factually accurate as OJ Simpsons court testimony.