Ryan Cleckner, former Army Ranger sniper and long-range rifle instructor in Texas is good. Real good. How good? This video shows him hitting a target 1,000 yards away with a Barrett M107 .50 caliber sniper rifle in one shot. While standing. And holding the 37-pound rifle in his arms. Blindfolded. OK, I’m kidding about the blindfolded part. But if anyone could do it I have no doubt Mr Cleckner could. And from that display of awesomeness we head to Ogden, Utah for the latest news from the firing range . . .
Where Police Chief Kevin Warren was “participating… in a regular department drill, led by two certified firearms instructors” and managed to shoot himself in the arm. The report didn’t say how it happened, but rest assured that the local constabulary are “investigating.” It was probably down to one of those rogue guns that goes off by itself.
In related news, the Detroit PD was filming a training video including a simulated purse snatching. Seems they forgot to tell the FBI agent filling his car at a nearby gas station. He pulled his gun and gave chase. Fortunately the videographers managed to intercept the agent. Memo to the trainers: “the more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle.” Not the other way around.
A Schaumburg, Illinois police officer has been charged with two counts of Official Misconduct. It seems that a couple of women wanted to do their civic duty and turn in a .22-caliber revolver they no longer wanted. Officer Bryan Woodyard took possession of the gun. He told the women he “would take care of it.” And that was that. One of them felt uneasy about how Woodyard handled it. When his department investigated the matter they found the revolver in Woodyard’s lunch bag. He’s out on bond, looking at the end of a seven-year career in law enforcement.
A 14-year old was arrested in nearby Chicago after he dropped a handgun while crossing the street. Two officers watched the lad drop the gun, pick it up and tuck it back into the waistband. They arrested him and charged him in juvenile court with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon. His mother’s response: the authorities were “wrong” for citing him. “My son’s side of the story doesn’t count,” she protested. “They’re going to make it whatever they want.”
Maybe there will be some ammo for the rest of us now. Late Wednesday, the House voted to stop DHS from proceeding with new contracts to buy millions of rounds—until they report to Congress on their need for the ammo and its cost. Notice this isn’t a “don’t buy” order; it’s a “tell us why” delay. At the end of the fiscal year, when they’re having to dump “use it or lose it” funds, the smart money (not yours) says they’ll place a huge order for ammo anyway.
The latest statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Weapon Related Injury Surveillance System reveal that gun-related homicides are up by 100%, and gun related assaults are up nearly 300 percent since 1998. That’s when The Bay State went all civilian disarmament. Regardless, MA legislators have filed more than 60 gun-related bills following Sandy Hook.
Hold on. Hold on for the MIAG Magical Mystery Tour. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is set to launch a cross-country bus tour on June 14, six months after the Sandy Hook shootings. The agit-prop cart and pony show will take “gun violence survivors, their families and friends and law enforcement officials to 25 states in 100 days” where “[t]hey will read the names of victims of gun violence and urge their representatives in Congress to support legislation that would require comprehensive background checks.”
This Saturday, Hayward, California’s Strowbridge Elementary school will host a gun buyback. Sorta. They’re offering students a book and a chance to win one of four bicycles if they turn in their toy weapons. They’re hoping this anti-Second Amendment indoctrination process will spread to other schools in the area. Heaven fore-fend.