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Posted: 10/10/2002 12:16:47 PM EDT
In light of the recent murders in the Metropolitan DC area, Sniper Country has received, as expected, a certain amount of email traffic from those who appear to be misguided in their understanding of the purpose of this site. As is typical when tragedy and fear strike, people look for scapegoats to vent their understandable anguish. Contrary to what some might think, Sniper Country is not a how-to site for the deranged criminal bent on murder. The site is not the Anarchist Cookbook. Make no mistake; while the media current loves to bandy about the term SNIPER in relationship to the murders in Maryland and Virginia, the truth is they are MURDERS committed by a serial killer, not a SNIPER. As we have always maintained, a true sniper is a soldier fighting for his nation or a law enforcement officer intent on saving lives. Both are heroes of unrecognized proportions, doing a hard, miserable job in the name of the people they have sworn to protect. In both roles, the individual behind the trigger is intend of saving the lives of his fellow countryman by either depriving the enemy freedom of action or by ending a situation in which a criminal threatens the lives of innocent civilians. In both cases the primary role of the sniper is to SAVE lives. The person committing the crimes in Maryland fits neither definition and is at best, a second rate murderer with a God complex. A coward in the truest sense of the word. For those new visitors of the site as a result of media attention, those who are "shocked" that something like this can exist, you need to become a little more educated on the shooting sports before you waste your efforts emailing vitriolic garbage at those who dedicate their time to the site. We understand your current mental plight and we share your anger over the current situation, but you show your ignorance when you spout vehemence at us because Sniper Country exists. The information found here on Sniper Country can be found in many places; historical works, novels, and factual articles on military and law enforcement sniping efforts. Most of all, the information found within can be read in any work dealing with long range competitive target shooting or learned at any range. There is no secrets to shooting at long distance nor is there any threat by posting this information. Any hunter or competitive shooter is able to hit a target at distance. But only a psychopath would go forth to harm his fellow citizens as is currently happening in Maryland. If you are one of those weak-minded individuals who are unable to differentiate between the tool and the person pulling the trigger, you are also most likely one of those equally weak-minded persons who has to desperately find blame in others for the actions of one troubled and hateful soul. To put it plainly, you can not blame this site, books, the world wide web, recorded history, or any other form of the written word for the actions of a sick and twisted criminal who chooses to use his ability to harm others. The site does not promote killing nor is it a training area for the deranged. This site has helped competitive shooters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel to meet like-minded individuals for the purpose of education and friendship. It has allowed law enforcement personnel who share a tuff job to exchange ideas on how they might better protect the public. If you are anti-gun in your politics there is no help for you and we do not apologise if you feel shocked by this site's existence. Our nation has a long and honorable history in firearms and the current political correctness aside, firearms have been at the heart and soul of the success of this nation. You can choose to blind yourself to that fact, but that is your problem, not ours. Simply put, if you do not wish to view the material within, go elsewhere. Thankfully in this country we do have freedom of speech, where disparate groups like PETA and Ducks Unlimited can both freely express their views without regret or fear of reprisal. That freedom has been paid for in blood by those who have chosen liberty over life. If your own level of self denial is such that you think free speech should be curtailed because of incidents like that happening in Maryland, then you have no concept of just how valuable this freedom has been in your ability to live life unencumbered by those who think they know what is best for you. Only your hubris and narrow-mindedness can allow you to condemn this site as a result of some murdering crack-pot in Maryland. We can no more apologise for the existence of this site than you can for your apparent ignorance of what our freedoms mean. Finally, we mourn the loss of those innocent individuals so cheated of life by the murderer in Maryland. Our hearts go out to the family members who have to live through this greatest of tragedies. We pray for the officers tasked with the capture of the criminal. Their success is inevitable. For unlike a real sniper, this murderer, this coward, will eventually crow about his deeds in an effort to make himself feel important. The Sniper Country staff.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:21:11 PM EDT
Well stated.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:22:35 PM EDT
I feel warm and fuzzy. [^] Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:24:54 PM EDT
that is an outstanding statement. i do hope others will take the time to read it fully.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:26:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:28:52 PM EDT
[url=http://www.snipercountry.com/Articles/MarylandMurders.htm]Sniper Country's response[/url]
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:29:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:30:28 PM EDT
Too bad they didn't proofread the damn thing.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:31:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2002 12:33:16 PM EDT by Swad]
Amen to that. I'm sure AR15.com will be able to represent to that level as well if/when the media thugs come lurking here to spill forth vile on tv, newspaper, news websites, etc... Very well spoken... bravo bravo
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:35:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 12:54:59 PM EDT
This is a well thought out piece. In order to forestall the inevitable antigun rhetoric that we are all ignorant stumblebums, I am going to play the grammar nazi & suggest the following changes:
The person committing the crimes in Maryland fits neither definition and is at best, a second rate murderer with a God complex. A coward in the truest sense of the word.
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I suggest that this be rewritten as: The person committing the crimes in Maryland fits neither definition and is at best, a second rate murderer with a God complex, a coward in the truest sense of the word. or: The person committing the crimes in Maryland fits neither definition and is at best, a second rate murderer with a God complex. This person is coward in the truest sense of the word.
There is no secrets to shooting at long distance nor is there any threat by posting this information.
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I suggest that this be rewritten as: There are no secrets to shooting at long distance nor is there any threat by posting this information. or There is no secret to shooting at long distance nor is there any threat by posting this information.
It has allowed law enforcement personnel who share a tuff job to exchange ideas on how they might better protect the public.
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I suggest that this be rewritten as: It has allowed law enforcement personnel who share a tough job to exchange ideas on how they might better protect the public.
That freedom has been paid for in blood by those who have chosen liberty over life.
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I suggest that this be rewritten as: That freedom has been paid for, in blood, by those who have chosen liberty over life.
We can no more apologise for the existence of this site than you can for your apparent ignorance of what our freedoms mean.
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I suggest that this be rewritten as: We can no more apologize for the existence of this site than you can for your apparent ignorance of what our freedoms mean. There is nothing wrong with using the "s" instead of the "z" but I believe that the "s" is usually consider the English, rather than the American, usage. Again, this is a well thought out & reasoned piece. I only make these suggestions because we are playing in their ball field in that journalists theoretically know how to use the language.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 1:00:51 PM EDT
I like it. I can only imagine the amount of crapola they've been receiving since this murder spree started. btt
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 1:05:38 PM EDT
Don't know the site. But well done. Maybe I'll have to go check them out. [thinking]
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 1:45:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2002 1:52:59 PM EDT by Zaphod]
Outstanding! I'm heading over there right now to sign up and show my support. Edited to add: Well, the site is certainly full of great info, but I think I'll continue trolling around here on a regular basis. [:D]
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 1:48:54 PM EDT
Excellent statement, but I feel once the press place a label on something, it sticks. Just like Assault weapon really means a select fire weapon, it now means anything the press choose.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 2:02:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MrP: Don't know the site. But well done. Maybe I'll have to go check them out. [thinking]
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Good information there. I read the Roster and some other stuff, but don't post because, well, I'm not as good as most of the posters over there.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 2:14:06 PM EDT
Just saw that web site referenced on 'Inside Edition' @ 4:00PM MST 10/10/2002. Karl. http://www.snipercountry.com/
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 2:35:37 PM EDT
Of course as with some of these people who don't care about anyones 2nd Amendment right, why would they care about anyone's 1st Amendment rights as well. Just don't try to trample on *their* 1st Amendment rights if it's a cause or subject matter they belive or are interested in. Anyhow, I wonder if the FBI/ATF has requested or tried to subpoena Snipercountrys server logs to check if there are any 'hit's from ISP's located in the Montgomery/PG areas? It's not beyond any stretch that the shooter visits the site. If not to gather information, maybe to read what genuine snipers have to say about him.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 2:46:18 PM EDT
Some rise to the occasion, and [b][i]rise above[/i][/b], as in this instance. Others just float to the top of the bowl... [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=147820[/url]
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 2:59:58 PM EDT
Plaster said on one of his video's I have, he said a "sniper" is trained to save lives, not take innocent lives, the law enforcment/military is not bent on a "thrill killer" and has no place in a sniper community.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 3:00:40 PM EDT
aww stop it, i'm gettin all misty.
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 3:10:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2002 3:21:45 PM EDT
hear, hear!!!
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