More domestic terror/snipers

  1. The US has never suffered with snipers the way we are hearing with the VA situation. The terror of a sniper on the lose is terrible. Some years ago I heard of someone sniping cars/trucks on the interstate somewhere. The outbreak of sniping is terror because we don't know what would happen, or how people would react.

    Do you think the sniper terrorist is american or foreign? Imagine how many automatic rifles there are in America. If this gets worse, the gov't should step in and limit who goes to the rifle ranges.
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  3. by   donmurray
    Charlton Heston and friends wouldn't like it. It'll never happen.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by donmurray
    Charlton Heston and friends wouldn't like it. It'll never happen.
    Exactly right. Isn't the mantra "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."? And don't forget the NRA has their man as President now.
  5. by   mario_ragucci
    And I agree that reporting a sniper on national news is questionable. Fearing biological terror is one thing, especially after 9-11, but snipers? And all the media attention given to this will certainly get a copycat to join in. I hate to consider someone would attempt to pick me off with a .223. Thats why I say that rifle ranges should at least be monitored so at least we could attempt to control who has actual sighted weapons, as opposed to all weapons. :-(
  6. by   Glad2behere

    Mario! Why did you open this can of worms? Now I have to respond to an issue I am very ambivalent on.

    Anybody remember the sniper in the tower at the University of Texas in the late sixties or early seventies?

    I am sick...think I'll just go barf and pray to the commode god.

    But again, I think I'll go sight my 7.65 back in just in case we are attacked.
  7. by   oramar
    That is my fear also, copycats. They will most certainly be inspired by news media. One day the news media announced that schools were being locked down to prevent children from the sniper. The next day he targeted a child. The newsmedia most certainly produced all the Columbine copycats and they are cooking up the next batch of sniper copycats as we speak.
  8. by   eltrip
    My guess is that he's an American...especially in view of the Tarot card that was found. If this was happening in Tennessee, I'd think it was my ex...but he's lost his right to travel freely.

    There are lots of folks who could be doing this...enough disgruntled, anti-government radicals who may have come up with the idea of sending the country into anarchy...

    ...Or someone trying to scare us into giving up our 2nd ammendment rights...go figure

    I just hope that the culprit is caught soon.
  9. by   nurs4kids
    It's scary...real scary. However, monitoring ranges would probably do little to stop this type thing, nor would stricter gun control. Many people in rural areas have never been to a "gun range"...that's all set up in their back yard. My own father target practices in his backyard. As for gun you REALLY think this guy would worry about whether or not his gun is registered or whether or not it is/was obtained legally??

    This guy or guys is/are crazy and out of control...if they weren't using a gun, they'd find another mode of terror.
  10. by   frankie
    hi frankie here - I am one of those non-gun people. I do not oppose guns, I just grew up in the city, and in a family where my dad went crayfishing or crabing on the weekends - i have never been exposed to guns. I do not think the problem is people with guns. I do see a problem with people who have too much emotional stress, mental illness, and general life stress that remains untreated having access to their own gun. Delima - who will take it away from them until they are safe again? AND who will treat the emotional/mental/stress illness?
    Too bad our mental health system is so torn down. And shame on us as a society that stills makes people with emotional/mental illnesses second - class citizens or less! frankie
    PS - I live in Maryland - not far from where the young boy was shot - I have to say, I have been dancing to the radio music at the gas station - I hear it is hard to hit a moving target. f
    Last edit by frankie on Oct 13, '02
  11. by   mario_ragucci
    Yeah Frankie, you spoke a great piece. What you said about the mental illness and access to guns is so great/wize. Some folks say "People kill people," denying that the gun/instrament is in the loop.
    I saw guns twice before i was 18. When I was 4-5 yo, my neighbor friend's dad was a detective. One time, Gary (my neighbor who was my age) took me into his fathers bedrom and took out the gun and we looked at it. I remember how I put my hand on it and pulled it away very quick. Also, my older cousin took out a rifle and handgun once and shot them in the air on July 3rd once. The sound was beyond me.
    At 18 I joint the marines and spent weeks with my own M-16 A-1 and got my sharpshooter cross (and that meant I was decent, not and expert, or high expert)
    The M-16 weapon is unbelievably accurate. After 2 weeks of intense marksmanship training, I could put that round in a one foot bullseye from 500 yards. Talk about technology!
    Is it okay for americans to buy tools that weigh 6 pounds used to kill mammals at distances of up to 560 yards? Sure it is :-( It's your right.
  12. by   donmurray
    "When I hear the word *gun*, I reach for my culture" I. J. Good

    (yes, I know it reverses the old quote)
  13. by   JonRN
    How about this? Suppose this is all a Gov't conspiracy to tighten things up more than they already are? They got plenty of contract players who are willing to take a few people out so that all guns can be banned.
  14. by   fergus51
    Are you really prnnurse?