A scary story in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where a loaded gun was found sitting in a box in the toy aisle of a Target store.  The police report states that a suspicious man was stalking up and down the aisles of the store, and he was likely the one who left the weapon behind.  The Myrtle Beach police are currently seeking the last registered owner of the gun for questioning.

This story has now started making the rounds on social media, and naturally, the blame is being placed on…those who support gun control.  Yep.  The reposts of the story are filled with outrage about how low the “gun control fanatics” will stoop.  Because, you know, it’s obvious that the gun was planted on purpose so that a child would shoot itself or someone else, and so that guns could be blamed and more oppressive gun restrictions could be passed.

I can think of a lot of reasons why a mentally unbalanced or criminal person might leave a gun in that store.  Most likely, the gun was stolen, and this was a convenient place to try to hide it, since it would blend in with the toy guns.  The Target worker who found the gun stated that he did not realize it was a real gun until closer examination, so this makes sense.  Or perhaps there was mental illness involved, the sort of mental illness that would consider this a fun prank or a satisfying way to find revenge against humankind.

But once you start saying that a pro-gun control person left it there on purpose, you start veering into conspiracy theory territory.  And once you veer into the territory of strange theories, you have to offer evidence that what you’re talking about might be true.  So far there is no proof whatsoever of the “gun control fanatics!!!” side of the story.  And the people I know who support gun control want less gun violence, not more, so they would never resort to these kinds of tactics.  It will be interesting to see what emerges from this incident.

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