The New York Times is having to run some awkward corrections recently. But sometimes they show too much restraint. Consider this segment from their report on a wild shootout in Jersey City on Thursday morning --
New Jersey Department of Corrections records showed that Mr. Shakur was convicted in Hudson County and sentenced to five years in prison, indicating that he may have been released recently. The shotgun the police said he used on Thursday was reported to have been stolen in North Carolina in 2007.
Because that last sentence should be --
The shotgun the police said he used on Thursday was reported to have been "stolen" in North Carolina in 2007.
Guns reported stolen in states with lax gun laws are of course a key channel of transmission of weapons into northern cities. Apparently the 2nd amendment includes a right to keep, bear, and lose arms, no questions asked.