In my view, this is an example of why pro-gun folks distrust journalists. A Guardian crew walked into a big gun show in Las Vegas and begins asking questions that sound innocent enough but were so uninformed the gun companies took offense.
When the Smith and Wesson spokesman calls security, the journalist becomes a martyr.
While I certainly don’t have an issue with asking tough and fair questions of all sides, this story was set up to be a confrontation that would go bad. The crew knew the guidelines from the start and challenged them. In fact the 22 long rifle gun he was asking about was not the sort used in the San Bernardino shooting. It is a sign that the journalist knows little about guns. He could have spent even a few minutes on this website, read about calibers and he could have asked legitimate questions about the emergence of “sporting” rifles.