In the wake of the tragic Dallas shooting that killed five police officers, President Obama seemed to indicate that “powerful weapons” were part of the problem and “in the days ahead we’re going to have to consider those realities.”
During early reporting of the attack, many news outlets claimed the perpetrator was using a sniper rifle or assault rifle. However, that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
The weapon that was actually used is more than 70 years old. CBS News revealed the gun used was an SKS rifle and drastically different when compared to semi-automatics like the AR-15.
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Certain states have specific classifications as to what can be designated an assault rifle: grips, magazine type, and other cosmetic features, to name just a few. The SKS does not meet any of those qualifications; even updating the weapon with modern-day parts would reduce reliability.
After all, it was made during World War II.
What the Obama administration seemed to ignore was that the motive of the killer was plainly stated: to kill “white officers.” Micah Xavier Johnson, the gunman, was angered by the recent situations involving police shootings against African-Americans.
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Johnson was also carrying a pistol with him, which he used to take down a cop in a close quarters firefight. Johnson was eventually killed by a robot carrying a bomb — the only way police believed was possible to take out the shooter without risking more lives.
Police Chief David Brown had some sobering and heartfelt words for reporters after the incident. “We don’t feel much support most days,” he said. “Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”
h/t: CBS News
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