Friday, July 03, 2009

Yep, that's our media... us just the facts and never, ever resorting to hyperbole...

SEATTLE – Federal agents busted a drug-trafficking ring that distributed methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico in Washington state and carried unusually powerful weaponry, injecting a dangerous new factor into drug crime in the region.
A .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, AK-47-type semiautomatic assault rifle and 14 other weapons shown to reporters Thursday were among 23 guns seized in Operation Arctic Chill when 35 search warrants were served in the past two weeks. Also seized were 19 pounds of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of cocaine, 22 vehicles and $60,000 in cash, and 31 people were arrested.
The Desert Eagle pistol can "blow a hole the size of a Mack truck through a person," said Leigh Winchell, regional chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

An AK is "unusually powerful"? Wow, one wonders what they'd have said had the authorities seized something like the HK91 clone I bought last year, Springfield M1A, or some other battle rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO rather than 7.62 Russian -- or maybe some of those DPMS ARs chambered in .243 Winchester or .338 Federal. (Not only could those calibers be used for spray from the hip assault rifles, but also for high-powered long-range sniper rifles that could take down a plane and blow up a tank car!) Of course I know full well that 7.62x39 has left probably millions of people graveyard dead since its invention, but still, I have to wonder who the hell made that AP hack try to pass off such as "unusually powerful." And the Desert Eagle can "blow a hole the size of a Mack truck through a person"? Whoa. I bet that's news to the Magnum Research engineers, let alone the developers of the .50AE cartridge.