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It has been reported on several news outlets that the Bureau of Land Management has deployed “snipers” against Cliven Bundy over cattle. I haven’t weighed in on whether Bundy has a case or not, and I won’t. But I wanted to comment for a moment on this notion of government “snipers.”
They aren’t snipers in the sense of the word that I use. When Daniel was in the Marine Corps he had a friend named [name redacted] who was a Scout Sniper. All MOS 0311 Marines have to qualify at 500 yards with iron sights. Daniel scored highest in his Battalion every year he was a fleet Marine. He also went to Designated Marksman school, where he learned many of the same shooting and sighting techniques that [name redacted] did. He was a DM in spite of the fact that he was a SAW gunner because he was such a good shot.
But as for [name redacted], he went to the entire Scout Sniper school, and one incident he shared with me involved him crawling in a ghillie suit for endless hours to target, and he inadvertently crawled on top of a red ant hill and had to endure being bitten hundreds of times by red ants in order to keep from giving away his position.
Hey, here’s a note to the idiot LEO who believes that American hunters aren’t good enough to cull deer (if the state of New York calls them in and asks them to kill all bucks less than 6 points to control herd size), and so a SWAT team needs to be called in. And the same note applies to the supposed BLM “snipers.”
You aren’t really snipers. Not really. You might be wearing fancy tactical gear, and your bosses might have bought you really expensive Night Force scopes, and really nice bolt action rifles, and you might wear some fancy patches on your sleeves. But the likelihood is that your just a middle age or old man who goes home and watches sitcoms at night.
Go qualify with a rifle using iron sights at 500 yards for starters, and then come back and tell me you’re a “sniper.” I know how to sight a rifle in too, and what BDC means. Perhaps you even believe that heavy objects drop faster than light ones because, you know, you work for the DHS rather than having taken college physics like you should have. You may be a better shot than I am, but with the same gear I’ll bet not by much.
I have one final note concerning this report from The Blaze.
Claiming that all other options have been exhausted, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. National Park Service responded to Bundy’s inflexibility on the issue by calling on federal agents and contract cowboys to restrict access to the public land and to confiscate Bundy’s “trespass cattle.”
I belly laughed when I read this report. You’re having to pay “contract cowboys” because you don’t really know anything about animals, do you? No, really. You seriously don’t know anything about animals? You call yourselves Bureau of Land Management and not a single one of you knows how to ride a horse or handle cattle. How disgusting and ridiculous.