You know, we in the gun blogosphere tend to snicker at the Brady’s over the top fear mongering.Â I have to admit, it would be a lot more funny if there weren’t a lot of folks in the media buying it.Â Look at this article from Homeland Security Today:
Even more seriously from the standpoint of homeland security according to the report, H.R. 6691, the report claims, would even allow open carrying of .50 caliber sniper rifles, capable of destroying armored personnel carriers, aircraft and bulk fuel and ammunition sites. These guns can penetrate several inches of steel, a three and a half inch storm sewer cover, or a 600-pound safe. They are accurate at up to 2,000 yards, and can inflict effective damage to targets over four miles away.
Except the Marine Corps demonstration video that showed a .50BMG shooting through a safe, and several inches of steel, was with a special high explosive armor piercing round that’s only available to the military, and rounds that aren’t .50 can penetrate a half inch of mild steel (which is what manhole covers are made from).Â Reporters don’t know this, so they are fooled.Â The Brady’s may have gone way over the top with this, but most of the media is too ignorant to question it.Â It may be dishonest, but it works.