“The Portland [Maine] Police Department’s special reaction team has stopped using its Remington 700 sniper rifles,”pressherald.com reports. “Because one of them started firing unpredictably and a network news report said similar problems elsewhere have caused injuries and prompted lawsuits.” Although you’d kinda expect this—what with the Portal Po-Po’s jolt-fired 700 starring in CNBC’s supposed expose of the weapon—it’s still a gun locker of not good for Remington and its corporate taskmaster Cerberus. The move fans the flames of publicity just as they were beginning to lie low . . .
“I don’t want to run the risk of having an accidental discharge like this where it puts an officer’s or community member’s life in danger,” Portland Police Chief James Craig said.
Yes, well, how about looking into the possibility that the guns’ triggers were modified by the police? No? Or how about the pressherald.com checking into the veracity of the original allegations instead of merely parroting them? No? Never mind then . . . It’ll all blow over soon.