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Civilian Sniper Now An Aviation Threat

Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:07 pm

While on the way home tonight I heard a 60 Minute Interview concerning a civilian rifle that is mainly used for the military. It goes on to talk about how the gun is no more of a threat than any other gun yet this rifle can shoot from 2000ft. and still pearce armor like a knife though warm butter.

What has the world come to? There were reports that they tried this theory of sniper vs. a/c at LAX and said that passengers/pilots that are either parked or taxiing can be hurt/killed with a gun of this type.

Big Rifle A Terrorist Tool?

(CBS)%A0California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided there%92s a weapon that%92s too dangerous to be in the hands of private citizens.

This past week, a new law went into effect in California banning that weapon. It%92s the .50-caliber rifle, the Rolls Royce of sniper rifles. It%92s a big gun, a favorite of armies around the world, and it%92s still available in 49 states in this country to anyone over 18 with a clean record.

It is, without a doubt, the most powerful weapon you can buy. And, as Correspondent Ed Bradley reports, it's powerful enough to kill a man or pierce armor from more than a mile away.

Thanks again.

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RE: Civilian Sniper Now An Aviation Threat

Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:33 pm

So let me get this straight...

Arnie thinks a terrorist is going to say to himself, "Why, I can't use this .50 caliber sniper rifle for my attack, these weapons are illegal..."?

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RE: Civilian Sniper Now An Aviation Threat

Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:52 pm

And these guns have been around for 30 or 40 years now? Why bring this up now? What terrorist is going to risk life and limb just to take a couple of potshots at an airliner? I don't mean to sound crass, but there are more effective ways of terrorizing people than taking a few shots at an airplane with a .50 caliber rifle.

(Waits for the FBI to kick down his door. Ack!)

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RE: Civilian Sniper Now An Aviation Threat

Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:16 pm

It's easy enough to buy a shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile, which would stand a good chance of rendering an engine inoperative. Why would anyone use 50cal against an airliner? This is just silly.