On the LV shooting:

12 Oct

Something is just not right, here. It doesn’t smell right to me, an experienced shooter. I would bet that we don’t have the whole story.

Why bring dozens of rifles up to the room? Each time you bring some up there is a non-zero risk of being discovered. Now I fully understand that I might want 2 or 3 identical guns in case one jammed, etc. But there is a “learning curve” for each individual kind of weapon–and these were all different weapons. Plus, you would need a special range to practice–most indoor pistol ranges do not allow long guns. So you’d almost for sure have to drive to some out-of-the-way place to practice. Where was this guy practicing?

There were also different calibers that would have shot different ammo. You couldn’t just drop one and immediately pick up its twin brother. You couldn’t easily move a magazine from one gun to another. It just makes no sense to me. Did anyone see him practicing with many different guns? Contrary to what you see in the movies, this stuff isn’t as easy as falling off a log.

Plus, I could smuggle boxes of ammo up to my room with little risk at all! And if I had, say, three identical guns of the same caliber, I could easily use them interchangeably. I don’t want 30 different guns with 3 or 4 different ammo needs and 30 different operational characteristics! I want to narrow the range of variability, here. But we are being told he increased it! Huh?

And yet this was a guy who reportedly was doing calculations on how just much bullet drop he would get from shooting down on people from that distance! That just doesn’t fit–that is pretty dang advanced stuff, and also advanced math with a wide and deep knowledge of ballistics and varying gun characteristics. A guy who is that careful and informed does not have 30 different guns in varying calibers and with varying ammo and mechanisms. It’s just hard to imagine the same person doing both of those things. One is done by a real professional. The other is done by a rank amateur.

Something is not right, here.

Maybe there is indeed a good explanation, but we don’t have it.

  1. Oregonian

    October 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

    How’s the book coming along, Mr. Clancy?

    • Gregor Mendel

      October 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Yeah, whatever. But some of us have actual knowledge of these things and are not just yapping out of an empty cave in the head!