Monday, May 11, 2009

Well now, this is quite interesting.

A story about Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad's appeal here has nary a mention of the type of weapon he and his partner John Lee Malvo used. If you read it and didn't know anything about the case beforehand you'd almost think they actually did use something like a scoped bolt-action deer rifle as opposed to an intermediate-caliber semiautomatic piece. Interesting. In pretty much every story I've seen on this since the story broke it seems like the fact that he used a Bushmaster AR variant has been played up pretty heavily — so heavily, in fact, that those who knew nothing about guns could almost, ALMOST be forgiven for not figuring out that they could have pulled it off with just about any good deer rifle/scope combination.
I don't know if this is a sign of anything, though. I just thought it was noteworthy.