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From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: No Sniper...
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 21:56:57 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 21:56:47 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
By Geoff Metcalf
October 17, 2002
Stop calling the dirtbag a 'sniper'
The so-called "Beltway Sniper" is no sniper.
The sick punk who is killing innocents in Virginia and Maryland
is by definition a murderer.
even a terrorist (although most probably not of the Islamic
However, he is NOT a sniper.
A sniper is a skilled and trained technician. The murdering
bastard killing folks in
Virginia and Maryland may be evasive and slippery, but this
criminal is NOT a sniper.
If he were a sniper he would most certainly use the skills and
experience his training provided.
He would not use a .223 varmint rifle
He would not get so close to his targets.
He would not leave ANY evidence. Most certainly he would not
leave a shell casing or tarot card.
He would use at least a .30-caliber rifle (.308, 30/30, or
He would distance himself from the target (not a football fields
length but a quarter of a mile).
Hell, an inexperienced neophyte can be trained in an hour to hit
a stationary target at 100 yards.
The shell casing was most likely left intentionally and could
have been collected at any shooting range.
If in the unlikely event the casing were traced to it's owner,
in all probability he is not the shooter.
The .223 is NOT a sniper rifle. It is a varmint rifle. It lacks
the ballistics preferred and required
by snipers and it lacks the nail driving accuracy of the
abovementioned preferred rifles.
REAL snipers (military trained snipers) never intentionally
reveal their position (before, during OR after taking the shot).
Eric Haney, trained as a sniper at Fort Bragg, was a founding
member of the Army's Delta Force. He believes the shootings are
the work of a pair of young men, working together as military
snipers are trained to do - one as the lookout, the other the
shooter. However, he thinks the closest they got to a real elite
sharpshooter was at a Special Operations convention. And I agree.
"They're utter losers, and they know they're losers," said Haney.
Very soon the challenge of finding this wannabe wacko murderer
will be complicated even more.
Starting Thanksgiving week until the first week of January
Virginia's deer season opens.
THEN there will be a whole brigade of hunters stomping around
(yeah and driving around)
with weapon superiority.
Will local authorities attempt to restrict or harass hunters?
Maybe.probably. However, one of the unintended consequences is a
cadre of trained, skilled and armed civilians with experience in
hunting elusive prey. Get ready for LOTS of false alarms.
Hey, maybe an expedited resolution to the varmint rifle killer is
to establish a bounty or actual hunting season for the suspect.
By the way, the concept of "ballistic fingerprinting" has got to
be one of the dumbest examples of idiot brain flatulence since
· Barrels (which would presumably establish the "ballistic
fingerprint") can be changed.
· A brass brush or cleaning rod can scar the inside of a barrel
so as to alter the original "fingerprint".
· The concept may gorge the erectile tissue of gun grabbers but
it won't do Jack-spit to find any criminal with an IQ larger than
his shoe size or even the most basic understanding of firearms.
Anyone peddling "ballistic fingerprinting" as a panacea is either
stupid, ignorant, or intentionally lying. Of course when it comes
to gun grabbing anti-Second Amendment politicians they could well
be all three.
Geoff Metcalf is a veteran media performer, including radio,
television, magazine, newspapers, and is a published novelist. A
former Green Beret and retired Army officer he has hosted a radio
talk show on the ABC/Disney station KSFO and in worldwide
syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com Email comments to:
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