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Two Things Don’t Add Up

The media is so full of crap, they don’t even smell their own half the time. This statement:

Police in Colorado spent early Tuesday morning in a terrifying standoff with a suspected sniper who pinned down officers with shots from a semi-automatic rifle.

Does not jive with this statement:

As two officers approached the house, a gunman opened fire from close enough that one of the officers said he could hear the spent shells hitting the ground, Edgewater cops told Colorado’s KUSA television.

But he’s a sniper. Just look at the picture in the headline, which is clearly what he must be shooting with. Doesn’t that scare you? Plus, apparently despite this being at a frighteningly close range, the article would seem to suggest that he missed. I swear, if he had thrown a trombone at the cops, the Daily News would headline “Colorado Police Assaulted by Trombone Virtuoso.” If he had thrown a cabbage “Police in Standoff with Executive Chef.” A baseball? “Colorado Rockies Star Reliever Held Up in Home.”

But put a gun in his hands and suddenly everyone in the press room turns stupid.

9 Responses to “Two Things Don’t Add Up”

  1. Shootin' Buddy says:

    Two lessons reinforced:

    1. Fights take place really, really close.

    2. The media is staffed with morons.

  2. BigHayden says:

    The whole article doesn’t make any sense. Damn near everything they say contradicts something they said before.

    I like this one: Cops also cut the power to the area, blocked off about eight blocks and sent electronic notifications to residents to stay inside their homes.

    Cut the power? Check. Send ELECTRONIC notifications? Um…. (Nevermind about how did they know everyone’s phone number/cell phone number/e-mail addresses/facebook accounts…)

    And if they knew which house it was (since they could hear the shell casings bouncing), why did they have to search door-to-door? Why did they take “three sleeping babies” into custody? Were they suspects?

    They found a gun in one of the homes, but it was “unclear” if it was the “suspected sniper’s weapon”. Well was it a rifle? If it wasn’t, then it would be pretty clear, wouldn’t it? At least, if you believe their “weapons expert at the scene”.

    Journalistic integrity is dead.

  3. Gunmart says:

    They also have a poll at the link… give you two guesses what its about, and the first one doesnt count.

  4. Ed says:

    This area has the most crime in the whole Denver area. Take a look at this map (http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Edgewater-Colorado.html), specifically the red area above the E & N in the word Denver on the map. That is the neighbrhood this happened in. I would venture to guess with over 250 shots fired and 11 people arrested this was a drug gang shootout that the police happened to respond to and got caught in th crossfire. I guess we will just have to wait for the truth to be reported.

  5. Jim says:

    I have only one quibble. The press didn’t suddenly turn stupid. They’ve been that way.

  6. jefferson101 says:

    “Authorities found three sleeping babies in one of the homes, and took them into custody.”

    Did they have “High-powered Sniper Rifles” too? Didn’t the gunfire wake them up? Why don’t they tell us these things?

    Inquiring minds want to know what the reporter regularly smokes. That one was bad.

  7. Molon Labe says:

    Maybe ask for my head on a platter for this… But, he may be a suspected sniper. The police reported to shots fired and it may be that he was shooting at people far enough away to qualify as a “suspected sniper”. When the popo showed up, he shot at them with the same rifle it seems which does not negate the possibility that he was shooting at extended ranges before they showed up.

    You’re probably right though Sebastian.

  8. BrokenTrace says:

    To the media anyone shooting over 15 meters is considered a sniper. Also all semi automatic pistols are Glocks.

  9. Sigivald says:

    Remember, “sniper” does not always mean “trained expert marksman”.

    It also means “someone who is sniping”.

    It’s a job description, not a qualification. (In this context, that is. In the context of military training, sure, it has a much more limited and specific meaning.)

    If zombies overran the city tomorrow and I was on a rooftop shooting at them, I’d be “a sniper”.

    It wouldn’t make me a great shot, but I’d still be a sniper, ’cause I’d be taking aimed shots from concealment, more or less.

    (Doesn’t mean this dude was actually doing that, either, but it does mean he has a chance of fitting the description.)

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