SAF Calls for Firing of Boston Globe Columnist in Straw Purchase

Jul 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Second Amendment Foundation

    BELLEVUE, Wash., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second
 Amendment Foundation today sent a letter to Martin Baron, editor of the
 Boston Globe, asking that Globe columnist Steve Bailey be fired for his
 acknowledged participation in the straw purchase of a handgun in New
 Hampshire about two years ago.
     Bailey wrote a column about his trip to the gun show in the Globe's
 Nov. 30, 2005 edition, but only recently did he disclose important details
 of the transaction during a live on-air discussion with WRKO radio hosts
 Tom Finneran and Todd Feinburg. The Globe is owned by the anti-gun New York
     During that July 10 radio segment, Bailey explained that he visited the
 gun show with an unidentified New Hampshire man. He was also with John
 Rosenthal, head of Stop Handgun Violence in Massachusetts. They wanted to
 prove how "easy" it would be to purchase a handgun at a gun show.
     Here's what Bailey told his hosts on the air: "We finally settled on a
 .38 Special. To be fair we took a new Hampshire resident with us who was a
 guard, a prison guard. It would have been much harder; you would have had a
 waiting time if you were a Massachusetts resident...
     "But he (the New Hampshire man) bought it for me. I gave him a couple
 of hundred bucks. We expensed it to the Globe by the way. One of the first
 things I learned when I came to the Globe was I never saw a receipt I
 couldn't expense."
     SAF founder Alan Gottlieb was astonished by the statement, noting,
 "Bailey admitted to committing a federal felony on live radio, and he also
 involved the Boston Globe in his criminal enterprise by having them
 reimburse him for the illegal purchase. He claims he gave the gun back to
 the New Hampshire man, and doesn't know where it is now. Bailey's admission
 is simply outrageous.
     "Just because you hate guns, and Bailey made it clear that he thinks
 'we have way too many guns in this country,' illegally buying a gun just to
 write about it is still a federal crime," Gottlieb added. "We've called for
 an investigation of this incident, and based on what's said in that audio,
 we think Bailey should be terminated as a Globe employee. We also want
 Rosenthal's involvement investigated, because it is clear from the
 broadcast and statements he made to Gun Week that he was a party to this
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 oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal
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