1.) No, the Intratech .22 is not a "submachine gun", it's a quite ordinary pistol. As usual, anything you read in the corporate media about firearms is likely to be wrong, meant to cause eyeball-grabbing moral panic. 2.) Whipping out a gun to protest taxes, guy could almost be a teabagger. 22 cents, .22 caliber, someone could make an interesting tax protest slogan here. 3.) Illinois has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and Chicago bans the sale of guns within the city limits. Yet this convicted felon had a gun. Huh, how about that. Maybe, instead of worrying that if we let law-abiding citizens have their rightful access to the tools of self-defense they might suddenly go insane and hurt people, we need to devote our resources to supervising people who have actually already gone and hurt people?
Nahshon Shelton didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police said.
So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine [not. -tms] gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it — and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.