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Another staged gun photo-op

Brent Greer:

Yesterday, January 27, saw an extraordinary event at the old Columbus Police Academy. Members of the city administration, led by City Council Member Michael Mentel spoon fed local media a “photo-op” firearms demonstration that was closed to the public. There, he had police representatives showing off firearms far less powerful than those used for hunting, as well as fully-automatic guns from the city’s SWAT arsenal — the latter of which is illegal to own in the U.S. — all for the purpose of saying how Columbus must rid the streets of so-called “assault weapons” in order to protect children and law enforcement. The hyperbole was extensive.

The actual article eats it up:

The dummy was dressed in a bulletproof vest that kept the bullets from going completely through, yet a bullet from a police service pistol caused a 1Ĺ-inch-deep impression, and a 12-gauge shotgun blast left a 4-inch crater.

“That would probably kill the officer,” Winship said.

Then came the rifles.

Because the guns are so powerful, the officers fired them outside to avoid damaging a steel wall at the back of the indoor range.

Fired from 45 yards away, bullets from the military-style rifles easily penetrated the vest on the dummy. The bullets even penetrated quarterinch-thick (sic) steel plates.

The rifles fired were an SKS, an AK-47 and an AR-15. Officer Floyd Wise said the AR-15 is included in the Columbus SWAT unitís arsenal.

CNN got in trouble for this a while back and issued a retraction.

One Response to “Another staged gun photo-op”

  1. Publicola Says:

    You’d Think They’d Have Learned By Now
    Say Uncle has a post up that might seem familiar to you. Local cops put on a “demonstration” for the press involving firearms. They start off with shooting handguns at a bullet resistant vest & finish by shooting rifles at…