The British journalist tries to slam the US for facilitating arms sales and faces merciless online ridicule

A British journalist faced swift retaliation with ridicule and ridicule after attempting to smack the United States for the alleged ease of arms and ammunition sales.

Pádraig Belton, a BBC reporter, tweeted on Tuesday that he couldn’t find an adapter for his laptop in a Walmart but that they do sell guns and ammunition.

Twitter users immediately noticed that Belton had posted photos of BB guns, not real guns as he had posited, and mocked him for the bizarre failed attempt to critique US gun policy.

“First, they’re BB guns. Second, our guns are the reason we don’t bow to a queen.” read a popular answer with more than 8,000 likes.

“I really thought that was satire. OMG! How do they make you become a journalist? More importantly, how did you not see the Christmas Carol?!? It’s literally a toy.” called another critic.

“OMG Walmart sells BB guns that shoot tiny pellets almost powerful enough to hurt a squirrel” read another answer.

“It must be really scary for you to live in a world where people don’t all look and act like you – so do you rock yourself to bed or just cry in silence @PadraigBelton?” called the Coalition for Gun Policy.

“Tell me you had a sad childhood AND never saw A Christmas Story in a tweet.” answered another critic.

The reporter didn’t respond to the thousands of replies.

Belton’s tweet was hit with the feared ratio, following which a tweet has more comments than retweets, showing the extent to which other users have mocked the tweet. At the time of publication, the tweet had received around 7,000 retweets but had nearly 18,000 replies.

Here’s more of Belton’s taunt:

The BBC journalist visits America and promptly humiliates himself in an American Walmart store The British journalist tries to slam the US for facilitating arms sales and faces merciless online ridicule

Laura Coffey

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