CNN and others rushed to report the arrest of a man at Washington’s ‘checkpoint’ with a pistol, 500 rounds of ammunition and a “fake” inauguration pass. The man said he was a security guard, and was released for the time being.
“There’s very disturbing breaking news here in Washington. CNN reports U.S Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man with fake inaugural credentials, a loaded gun and over 500 rounds of ammunition,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reported, saying there would be special coverage from the channel on the incident.
There’s very disturbing breaking news here in Washington. @CNN reports U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man with fake inaugural credentials, a loaded gun and over 500 rounds of ammunition. I’m anchoring special @CNNSitRoom coverage today 3-7PM ET.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) January 16, 2021
The fact, that the man – Wesley Allen Beeler – also had pro-gun stickers on the window of his pickup truck, when he was arrested on Friday in downtown Washington, apparently became a major red flag for the outlets choosing to highlight the detail.
Virginia man arrested with loaded Glock 9 and 500 rounds of ammo as he tried to use fake credentials to drive into secure #Inauguration2021 perimeter. His truck had sticker “if they come for your guns, give ‘em your bullets first” @nbcwashingtonpic.twitter.com/VxWxnuYzFw
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) January 16, 2021
The report has sent online pundits into frenzy, prompting some of them to question how such a supposedly dangerous individual could have been “released on his own recognizance” by a judge pending further court appearances and merely told to stay away from the capital instead of being taken into custody.
So wesley Allen Beeler gets arrested for trying to get passed a checkpoint in DC carrying a gun and 500 rounds of ammo, goes to court and gets released on his own recognizance???????
— Jake (@JGL_91) January 16, 2021
According to the arrest sheet, released shortly after the news on the supposedly failed intrusion into the secured perimeter made headlines, Beeler pulled up at the intersection of North Capitol Street on Friday and presented “an unauthorized inauguration credential” to the officers, manning the checkpoint – not a “fake pass” as was initially reported.
After police determined that the credential “was not authorized to enter the restricted area,” one of the officers spotted “several firearm-related decals” on Beeler’s car, including “Assault Life” and “If they come for your guns Give ‘Em your bullets first.” When asked if he had weapons on him, Beeler admitted he had a Glock under his armrest. The officers moved to detain Beeler, and, having searched his car, found the handgun, 509 9MM rounds of “hollow point & ball ammunition” and “12 gauge shotgun shells.”
The loaded 9mm Glock pistol, the bandolier full of shotgun shells and the stickers probably fit the mainstream media narrative in the wake of this month’s assault on the US Capitol by election-fraud protesters. Democrats have branded supporters of President Donald Trump and other conservatives as potential domestic terrorists, and many, including Trump himself, have been kicked off social media platforms for the safety of the republic.
But the rest of the story surrounding the arrest of the 31-year-old perhaps was not that fitting, as only the Washington Post carried the man’s account of the events.
Beeler’s mother and wife told the newspaper that he has a private security job in Washington, which requires that he be armed, and he has been going to the city every day to work his shift. (RT)
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