9News says Fox31 story about Italian gunmaker suspected of terrorism a hoax

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Daniele Perazzi.
Last week, Mayor Michael Hancock was at the CELL to announce the expansion of Transportation on Patrol, a program that empowers Denver's cabbies, limo drivers, truckers and even pedal-cab operators to alert law enforcement of suspicious behavior. Days later, a taxi driver reportedly called the cops because a supposed gun dealer seemed like a potential terrorist. But now it looks like last weekend's Fox31 story on the incident misfired, and there could be plenty of collateral damage.

Saturday's Fox31 piece reported that Daniele Perazzi, president of the Italian gun manufacturer and the grandson of its founder, had come to town for the Colorado Gun Collectors Association show at the Merchandise Mart, bringing seven expensive guns with him, when a cab driver called the cops, alerting them that the man might be a terrorist. Perazzi was said to have been detained by law enforcement, then released -- but he left the country taking some very, very bad feelings about America with him.

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A screen capture from the Fox31 report.
And the bad feelings continued in this country, with TOP -- founded by former Denver Police Department officer Larry Stevenson in 2011 -- taking some hits for being overly aggressive with gun owners who feel they're being targeted, and other media outlets questioned about why they weren't following the story.

9News did. And yesterday, after noting on-air "that it is exceedingly rare" for one media outlet to fact-check another, the station reported serious problems with the Fox31 story. According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Gun Collectors Association, TOP and even Perazzi, the story was a hoax.

Yesterday Perazzi company issued a statement saying that the "Perazzi grandson" identified in the story does not exist, and that the company did not even have a representative in Denver last weekend. Here's the release (translated, and not well, by Google) that Perazzi SPA posted on its website:

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE by Perazzi SPA

With regard to reports in the American press, in relation to an alleged arrest for "terrorism" by Daniele Perazzi (founder of Perazzi Armi SpA), we point out that the news is completely devoid of any foundation.

Daniele Perazzi is however, unfortunately, failed to live for about a year.

Even his son, Mauro, was last Saturday in the USA.

As reported in the press is absolutely false.

The company Perazzi, however, contrary to what is written, is familiar with the American legislation on weapons because of his extensive and well-known activities of marketing its products in the USA.

Since it is difficult to think of simple error, it is believed that someone who has interests contrary to those of the Perazzi SpA, may have spread false and misleading information purposes only defamatory.

The company has already instructed his lawyers to take the most appropriate actions, civil and criminal, in order to protect the brand represented and its activity, carried on the American market.

Perazzi Armi SpA

No one is more puzzled by this strange story than Larry Stevenson, an eleven-year veteran of the DPD who was working in the taxi industry when he started Taxis on Patrol.

Continue for more about the alleged hoax, including a video.


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Margaret Foster
Margaret Foster

It was Fox News... Everyone knows they just make it up as they go!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

      Faux News -- Fairly Unbalanced


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Channel 9 News and it's employees are the most arrogant, self-centered, hypocrite liars, in Denver ! That they have the AUDACITY to point an accusing finger at another local station when ALMOST everyday MOST news stations get or do something wrong . It's often referred to as a 'Blooper', rather than a LIE ! Local news stations chasing each other for stories ??? WTF is going on here ?

ALL news stations are GUILTY of assisting the Government in MAJOR cover-ups ! Presidential Elections, Sept. 11th, numerous 'MUST' wars, ect ....  The media's the Gov's main tool in keeping the average American citizen controlled by means such as fear tactics, through spreading lies via the media . 

The media are as big of liars as law enforcement !


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

To the three brain-dead nimrods posting so far:  Fox 31 is not the same as Fox News Network.

I bet you all get your "news" from MSNBC and comedy central.  

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

Faux news reporting at it's finest. Why bother to Vet the story, just put it on the air...our listeners never worry about little things like "Facts"! :)

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Remember, Amd64 was the bill to 'legalize' marijuana in Colorado ?

Didn't you watch ANY of the stations or read EITHER the Post or WW ?

They ALL reported the same LIES, I mean information ...

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues Fox News Network is a subsidiary of News Corporation.  News Corporation, in 2008, sold KDVR (Fox 31) to Oak Hill Capital Partners.  I bet you didn't know that.  I knew that, and yet I watch Comedy Central.  Your move.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Sarah Castle  9 News = Lying Hypocrites ....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Michelle Thornbro Schoen  

WW/TMZ !

I thought everyone knew the new format....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Mike Lopez   If they made 'Peter Griffin' & 'Roger the Alien' anchors w/ 'Stewie' reporting , they'd be so much better .

Worth watching .

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving   Golly starving, still stinging from the "idiot without a radio" comment?  For your (and apparently every other nimrod commenting on this thread) edification, owning is not the same as being.  Fox 31 is NOT the same as FOX News. 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues @BackOffImStarving I just want you to get the help you need because I looooooove you, fishingblues.  Don't alienate me.  I just want to bring you flowers and massage your carpal tunnel syndrome-stricken hands.

"You can avoid suffering with anger and hostility if you refuse to accept it in the first place. By refusing to accept anger and hostility, it can be replaced with tolerance, understanding,  love,compassion,sympathy and forgiveness." http://www.risingaboveit.com/anger-management/

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving @fishingblues Now what was that definition of insanity again .... ?  Something about doing things over and over.

By the way dildo, the question is rhetorical.  

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues @BackOffImStarvingSome people with poor anger management skills believe they have the right to vent their frustrations on others verbally, physically, or by breaking things. Angry outbursts don’t alleviate the feeling of being threatened, the fear, or the sense of betrayal that hides underneath the anger. Angry people tend to block vulnerable feelings of hurt, sadness, guilt and vulnerability, but the emotions often surface as anger, and become a substitute emotion for the other emotions they keep buried.


A person who believes they have a right to vent anger on others never quite matures, or grows up emotionally. They remain stuck in a child-like reactive state when they feel frustrated, instead of responding with positive anger management methods, respond with temper tantrums, screaming, name calling, and responses that increase anger, by causing the body to produce even more adrenaline. 

Screaming may give a temporary relief from anger, but yelling, name calling, and swearing never solves problems. In fact, the habit of yelling breaks down natural inhibitions that most people have about not acting out their harmful impulses. Habitual reactions, like yelling, create pathways in the brain making it easier for the pattern to be repeated, and gradually encroaches in every aspect of life. Hostility breeds hostility, and open expressions of hostility harm not only everyone in the path of the rage, they harm the person who has failed to attain a level of maturity to learn effective anger management skills most of all, by alienating those who truly love them.
http://www.lifetosuccess.com/angermanagement/a7.htm

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues @BackOffImStarving“When the anger is intense, the person with Asperger's syndrome may be in a 'blind rage' and unable to see the signals indicating that it would be appropriate to stop. Feelings of anger can also be in response in situations where we would expect other emotions. I have noted that sadness may be expressed as anger.”

― Tony Attwood

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues @BackOffImStarving "In these experiments, participants who reported themselves to be more heterosexual than their performance on the reaction time task indicated were most likely to react with hostility towards gay people. In other words, if a participant identified as heterosexual, but showed a reaction pattern consistent with homosexuality, they were more likely to express homophobic attitudes. This incongruence between implicit and explicit measures of sexual orientation predicted a variety of homophobic behaviors, including self-reported anti-gay attitudes, implicit hostility towards gays, endorsement of anti-gay policies, and discriminatory bias such as the assignment of harsher punishments for homosexuals."  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-sexual-continuum/201204/are-homophobic-people-really-gay-and-not-accepting-it

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving @fishingblues   The definition of a moron:  instead of acknowledging a correction, and thanking the person trying to help educate the ignorant, they lash out.  Good job Starving.  "butt-hurt" - help me out here.  Is that a term used in the gay community?  

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@fishingblues @BackOffImStarving What, are you butt-hurt because you lack the ability to look beyond what Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian are doing?  I'm sorry that abstract concepts are too much for you.  It's ok to be stupid, fishingdouche, you're among friends here.  We won't judge you for riding the short bus.

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